Saturday, December 31, 2011

Jonah's First "Real" Bath

Tonight Jonah had his first "real" bath! (a.k.a. He sat in his bathtub and actually got clean!)

He didn't seem to mind the water either! He just sat there making his grumpy face. I'm thrilled the water hasn't traumatized him!

Grumpy faced Jonah Bear...
Rubber Ducky! You're the one, you make bath time lots of fun!

A Merry Christmas 2011

Family Photo

Christmas this year was wonderful, and extremely tiring at the same time! I have a feeling that with a newborn, it's always that way.

Our trip started out on Tuesday, December 20th when we packed up our little man and made the drive to Michigan. Normally that trip takes us about 11 hours, this time it took us 13 hours. Not too shabby if you ask me! Jonah was an angel the trip up and slept as long as we were moving.

For the few days before Christmas we just spent time hanging out with family. Christmas Eve we took Jonah to my Dad's house and we opened presents and just hung out for a while. Later that evening we went to my grandfather's church for the evening service. Jonah was a perfect little boy sleeping on mommy during the service. There was one moment of hilarity though... there were three little girls quietly singing "Jingle Bells" during the service and Jonah let out a HUGE burp... people turned around it was so loud. Justin and I couldn't stop laughing. After the service we went over to my aunt's house and introduce Jonah to more family members.
Grandpa Art meeting Jonah with Uncle Adam and my Dad after the Christmas Eve service.

Christmas Day was spent with Justin's family. It was nice to just chill for most of the day. Around two we opened more presents and then again, just hung out. I have a feeling that will be the last time to sleep in Christmas morning for a long time.
My little Christmas Elf!

The day after Christmas we went to my mum's house and had Christmas again! Again we introduced Jonah to more extended family. Another funny story... while we were at my mum's house, my brother decided he wanted to try to change a diaper. Adam was doing a good job, but he was taking his sweet time doing it. Jonah hates being... um... exposed, so he decided to speed up the process by peeing on his Uncle Adam! Adam decided he was done changing the diaper, so I finished up.
Jonah and Uncle Adam

Tuesday we had Jonah's newborn photos taken with Captured Photography. The same studio that took my maternity photos. I am looking forward to sharing those soon.

Wednesday was my in-law's 26th wedding anniversary so that evening the whole family went to Frankenmuth to eat at the "world famous" Zehnder's chicken restaurant. I was super nervous about taking Jonah because it was his first time eating out. He handled it like a champ though! He was wide awake, but happy until dessert when he fell asleep. It couldn't have gone better, except that right before the food came we discovered that he wet though his diaper, onesie, and pants. Our table was in the corner of the restaurant so we actually changed his clothing and diaper in his car-seat at the table. It was an adventure for sure!
Family Photo at Zehnders
Changing the diaper and clothes in the car seat.

Thursday we packed up and spent some time saying goodbye to family. It was sad to say goodbye, but it was time for us to have some time just being the three of us before Justin goes back to work on Tuesday. Friday we drove home.

It was a very eventful trip, but only because a newborn was thrown in the mix. I'm looking forward to more everyday things that turn into adventures because of my little Jonah Bear!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Jonah's Birth Story...

I have a couple minutes here while my sweet little Jonah bear cuddles with Daddy to write how he came into the world.
Justin took this great photo of Jonah.

It all started Wednesday the 7th. I went to the doctor's to see how Jonah was doing and everything looked great for the schedule induction the next day. My doctor suggested that we check into the hospital that night so I could start to receive a drug that would make me efface and dilate a little more. So at 9pm on the 7th we checked in, and I was hooked up to a ton of machines. The IV wasn't too bad, but I hated the monitors that tracked my contractions and little man's heartbeat. They were too finicky and made it almost impossible to sleep. But sleep I did, and had to wake up every hour or so to be checked and given more medication. While on the the strange little effacement/dilation pill I started to get very mild contractions, but nothing too bad.
Me in the lovely hospital gown... I look huge.

Thursday the 8th, at 8:30am my doctor came and checked me. I was 85% effaced and 3 cm dilated. So at 9am she broke my water. Strangest thing ever. Almost immediately my contractions got stronger and harder. I had started real labor! The contractions were about 2 minutes apart and would last about a minute. Justin called our doulas (Megan and Brooke), and they came within the hour... and I'm glad they came so quickly because my contractions were coming fast. At noon the nurse checked me, and I had dilated to 6cm! Hearing that made it worth all the crazy pain. During that time I had found out that it was easiest to deal with the contractions by standing and leaning on Justin while he massaged my back, and the doulas would rub my back and perform different pressure tricks to my hips. Yes, at many points during my labor I had three people helping me... talk about blessed! About an hour and half later, I was in so much pain that my doctor checked me again. She was surprised to announce that I was fully effaced and dilated to 10cm! After 8 minutes of pushing, Jonah Justin Biddle arrived!

Jonah moments after he was born.

Most women enjoy telling others how their labor lasted 38 hours and was horrible. I can now enjoy telling others how I was in labor for four and a half hours, and that it was very difficult, but worth it.

There are so many ways that God was a part of this special time. For example, one of the things that helped me deal with a few of the tougher contractions was hearing my husband whisper prayers into my ear. Then there was a neat coincidence while I was pushing; Brooke (one of my doulas) told me to breath like I was trying to keep a feather in the air... well, I looked up, and there was a feather stuck in the air vent above me. I figured she was talking about that, so I breathed trying to blow it loose from the vent. And then there's not to mention only 4.5 hours of labor! There are so many other amazing little gifts from God during my time in the hospital, but it's been ten amazing days with the biggest gift from God, my son, and I can barely remember when I need to take more Tylenol let alone all the wonderful little things that happened that day.

The first night at home with Jonah was tough, we got basically no sleep because we couldn't put him down. He couldn't sleep on his back because he would spit up and choke. It also didn't help that the baby blues hit me full force, and I wasn't handling everything too well. Grandma came the next day and things slowly got better. We learned that I need as much sleep as I could get so I was able to deal with the blues, and we slowly learned things about sweet Jonah. He likes it crazy warm in the house, and to be bundled up tight. He loves to suck on his fist (he currently has a hickey on the back of his hand). He loves to stare at the Christmas tree. He has the sweetest temperament ever. He loves to ride in the car. We also learned that he likes to sleep on his side with a million blankets wrapped around him. So now we don't have to hold him 24/7 anymore!

The last thing that I wanted to post is that last Friday we went to his first wellness checkup with his pediatrician. He was born at 7lbs, 1 oz. After just one week he now weighs 7lbs, and 4oz! My sweet little man is healthy and growing. The best thing is that we can now let him sleep as long as he wants and just feed him on demand instead of trying to wake him every 2-3 hours to feed him. I'm happy to tell you that he consistently sleeps for four hours, will nurse, "play" for about an hour and half, nurse again, and then sleep for another four hours! Sleep for mommy and daddy! Yay!
My sweet little boy cuddling with me.

Thank you for all your prayers during this special time in our lives... we appreciate it. Please keep those prayers coming! Justin and I learned very quickly that just like everything else in our lives, prayer and God are essential in raising our sweet little Jonah.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Jonah Justin Biddle

Jonah Justin Biddle was born December 8th at 1:38pm. He was 7 lbs and 1 oz, 20 inches long.
I will post everything later, but I thought I'd show off a few pictures of my Jonah Bear!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Waiting Game...

Today is my due date. According to the doctors, this is the day that Jonah should be here. Actually, my doctor has been telling me for the past week and a half that Jonah could show up any time. Let me tell you, that is the WRONG thing to tell a pregnant woman with a super excited husband and family.

I've been going crazy waiting for my little boy to arrive for the past week and a half. I actually started screening my calls from family, or just letting Justin deal with them. I'm tired of people asking me "how are you feeling?" or "Jonah's not here yet?". It makes me want to be mean and claim, "Oh, how am I feeling? I'm dying, but I have decided to stay pregnant forever, and not deliver the baby at all." But of course, that would be extremely rude when the people asking are just excited to meet Jonah. It also bothers me when people claim "Oh, he will come when it's God's timing." or "He will come when he's ready." I know these things in my heart, and I know they are right, but hearing them over and over is like putting salt in a wound.

I have an  induction scheduled for Thursday, but I really hope I don't need it. My goal is to deliver Jonah without an epidural, and I've been told that when you are induced, the contractions are a lot stronger, and it's harder to labor without pain medication. Plus, I was hoping to be able to be up and around, use the jacuzzi tub, and labor any way I wanted to instead of being stuck in a bed.

At this point, I'm just walking, bouncing on my exercise ball, drinking lots of fluids, drinking raspberry leaf tea, eating spicy food, and basically every other thing I can think of or find on the internet that isn't dangerous.

I guess I just have to wait, and remember that the Lord helped us get pregnant, and He knows when I'm suppose to meet the little boy He's blessed us with... (just don't remind me of this, I can remember it myself.) ;)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Pillow Slip Cover Tutorial

Well, I am beyond the "nesting" stage now. I have nothing left to "nest." So I decided to make new slipcovers for our living room pillows, and when I finished with that, I still had time to burn. So I'm adding the pillow cover as a tutorial on my blog!

The Supplies:
1. Enough fabric to cover pillows
2. Thread
3. Sewing machine
4. Sissors
5. Ruler/Measuring tape

The Tutorial:
Click image to enlarge. Feel free to print it out, just keep in mind it's for personal use!

Click image to enlarge. Feel free to print it out, just keep in mind it's for personal use!

If you need help, or my instructions aren't clear, just comment on this post, or email me at! I'd be happy to help!