Monday, December 22, 2008

Week one down, week two in progress

Chambers is now sleeping for 4-hour stretches at night which is fantastic for us. I am solely breastfeeding so I don't get much of a break unless he sleeps. We wake him up during the day every 2 hours to eat but let him sleep at night. I am also pumping extra breastmilk so I have some extra to give him at night. He had his 1-week check-up today and he is up to 8lbs 3oz which is really close to his birthweight. Kevin is at home on paternity leave for another week - not sure how I will handle both children when he isn't here. My momma is here also and Kevin's parents were here last week and are coming back Wednesday so that has been huge. I don't know how people do it without help from family!

Itty bitty baby!

Cute paci clip from Aunt Nancy Pants

Booties my cousin Jan sent Chambers. The only thing that will stay on Chambers skinny ankles.

First time with a Paci = heaven

Nancy showing Staples how to diaper a wriggly two year old (Moseley)

Chambers dressed for the cold in his new knitted sweater and hat from Beth Snyder


Monday, December 15, 2008

Pictures of Chambers

We came home from the hospital yesterday (Sunday) about 1pm. We were so glad to be home! Here are some pictures we took with our camera this past weekend. We also took a video but I am not sure if we will be posting it anytime soon.

Chambers snoozing in his bouncy seat.

Click here for all the pics so far


Saturday, December 13, 2008

Day Two - fam of four!

Hello everyone! I am in the hospital recovering from a repeat cesarean section but hope to go home on day 3 (tomorrow). The surgery went smoothly and recovery has been great. I was up and around my room by yesterday afternoon and had them remove all my cords and hookups so I could "walk-the-halls" by midnight of last night. So needless to say I am fully mobile today and had a shower this morning which felt great!

We have had lots of fun visitors so far. Chambers is very loved. My daddy and Victoria came yesterday as did Kevin's parents and Kevin's brother, John. Kevin's parents are actually on Moseley duty until we get settled back at home - that way Moseley is paid some attention to. My brother Staples drove in from Augusta which was awesome for us and for Moseley!

I am still in awe of baby Chambers. He is so perfect and yet a completely different child from Moseley. He looks different (dark hair, pale skin, smaller frame) whereas Moseley had/has olive skin, light hair, and a fuller frame. He also acts different. For one thing, he's not quite as hungry as Moseley was those first days. I have to wake him up to feed him and Moseley let me know he was hungry every hour! I hope that by the time Chambers is starving my milk will have come in. So far breastfeeding has been just as great an experience as with Moseley. I was worried I wouldn't be able to make it a year like I did with Moseley but those fears are long gone.

Moseley has been to visit several times each for a substantial length. Yesterday and today Moseley told Chambers "I love you brother" and "I love you Chamboo." He also gave him a hug and kiss on several occasions which I am taking to be a great sign. I am sure when it just the three of us and Chambers is winning my attention things won't be so rosy but for now he seems to think Chambers is a great addition.

With them being so different (so far, hehe) I am hoping that Moseley never feels as if Chambers is a replacement for him. We love them both so much and are so thankful for our baby boys!


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Welcome to the world Chambers!!

John Chambers Garrison, II was born on Friday, December 12, at 7:22am.

He weighs 8 lbs, 8oz and is 21.5 inches long.

We are thrilled to have him here and healthy and will post pics of our precious baby boy soon!

Love, Jessica, Kevin, and Moseley

Getting cleaned up for viewing

He found his thumb!

Nonna, Moseley, Chambers and Pop


In 43 hours...

I will be a mom to two precious babies. Moseley, my just-turned-two-year-old and Sweet Pea (of undetermined gender) who will be born via repeat C-section Friday, December 12th at 7:15am. I am so ready. I am not uncomfortable or in pain. Aside from the pregnancy onset GERD I am very comfortable in this state.

But... I am ready to hold my baby. Holding Moseley is few and far between these days unless he is overwhelmed by a brand new crowd or it's the middle of the night and he is scared or not feeling well. Also, I am ready to find out the gender - and start life all over again with a new expanded family. I am anxious to see Kevin holding a teeny infant again just as he held Moseley 2 years ago. It is such a sweet sight to see the man you love, the man who takes care of you become jello holding a little baby. Ok so Moseley was almost 9 pounds, but he seemed small to us.

If you care to take a guess at the "dimensions" of this baby, feel free. Moseley was 21.5" and 8lbs 14oz when he was born a week early. This baby will end up about 10 days early. Oh and Kevin's guess was 8lbs even and 20.5" long.

I have a lot left to do and probably won't blog again until after the baby is born.Also, tomorrow, I am spending the day cuddling my firstborn and assuring him that one day he will be happy to have a sibling!

Check back on Friday for all the details.


Saturday, December 6, 2008

Christmas Cheer and Santa Fear

Ross Bridge had their annual Lighting of the Green last night and Moseley and I couldn't miss it. We got there right at 6p and it was already packed. We had some sweets and Hot Chocolate in the heated food tent then headed over to the stage to watch Deer Valley Elementary Choir and the Elftones perform. Moseley was in a trance as they sang and danced across the stage. After every act he clapped and said "Yay" very loudly followed by an "Again!" It was so cute. He loved it. Then we went inside to get our picture taken with Santa Claus. Daddy showed up at this point to see Moseley with Santa. All during our wait in line we talked about Santa and he seemed so excited. The second we sat him on his lap though he screamed bloody murder for us. It was so sad and yet so hilarious. Definitely a rite of passage. We had them take a pic anyway- b/c it was free and too funny.

Moseley screaming for Momma! Dada!

Our front door decorated for the holidays.

A little closer look at the Rosemary (which I love) Kevin picked out

Close-up of my favorite thing, my gorgeous wreath. My aunt Ellen made this for me. I saw the one she made my mom and I had to have one of my own.

Moseley's gorgeous stocking that Victoria handmade him when he was born. Over 400 hours of work went into this intricately large needlepoint stocking. It is truly amazing. We almost didn't put ours up (the polka dot ones in the mantle pic below) b/c they look so sad next to his!

Our mantle. Normally the poinsettia's go outside but when it's too cold we bring them in to adorn the fireplace.

Our tree.

Banister to the 2nd floor

Moseley's little tree that my grandmom bought at a craft sale. He adores this tree and asks for it to be turned on every morning when he wakes up.

Our Chandelier with ornaments hanging from it

Our antique bubble lights in a champagne bucket - Kevin's grand idea.

Buffet in the Dining Room

Closeup of my favorite decoration - my MEK nativity

And as a bonus...
Moseley bundled up for a cold school day


It's beginning to look a lot like... GAMEDAY!

Although I am an Auburn fan, today I will be rooting for ALABAMA!! They have a chance to go to the National Championship which is huge! I know Kevin, my devout UA fan hubby, would do the same for me (HA HA)!

Today the TV has been on football since we woke up. Typical gameday for us.


I finally got him to just stand still instead of saying cheese. Notice the jersey Moseley is wearing - his 2nd birthday gift from his godparents. An official replica of John Parker Wilson's jersey. Especially fitting since we now live in Hoover, where JPW grew up.


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Moseley's Two Year Check-up

Moseley had his 2 year check up on Monday. He was so great! He was patient for the doctor and got his finger pricked without complaint. He also stood very still on the scale and against the wall for height measurement. Crazy how much he has grown since he was a wriggly little baby. This is his last appointment until he is 3! He also had to have a shot to catch up on some immunizations we were behind on (long story).

Moseley's Stats:
Height - 37" (>95%)
Weight - 32# (>95%)