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Two Weeks

August 2, 2009 Sarah Coggins

I can hardly believe it’s been 2 weeks since Dylan’s arrival! So much has happened in such a short period…

* Our first family photo…
Although Dylan was placed briefly on my chest a few minutes after birth, it wasn’t until 3 hours later that I finally was able to hold my sweet boy. We had a few minor worries during labor and immediately after so he was taken to the Special Care nursery for a checkup. Trent stayed with him until rejoining me during my room change from the L&D wing to postpartum. Mom snapped this shot of Trent handing Dylan to me for the first time.

* Dylan met grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends and our pastor…
* Dylan had his first smile and learned to roll to his side by day 3!

* We were blessed with gifts of meals from family and friends.

* Trent, Dylan and I were spoiled by my mom who spent 10 days with us helping with everything from fixing our meals, cleaning the house and sharing mothering skills with me…

* Dylan had 3 pediatrician visits to check for jaundice and weight gain. As of Friday, he was almost completely cleared of the jaundice and had his weight up to 9lb 1oz (an 11oz gain from the previous Friday!). And he’s barely fitting in newborn clothes now.

* I learned that Dylan does not like swaddling – his arms and legs must be free to stretch and kick! Something that was pretty obvious to me in the last weeks of pregnancy. And, since I promised him then that he’d have lots of room to stretch out after his birth, I’ve done my best to keep up my end of the bargain. 🙂

* Dylan took his first ride in his stroller…
which he slept through just like every walk we take. We’ve gotten into a weekday schedule of walking twice a day.

* I’m feeling much better and have regained a lot of my strength and energy.

* Dylan still gets daily hiccups just as he did in the final months of pregnancy.

* My sister, his Aunt Mary, spent 3 days with us this week helping with Dylan’s care and housework. And we’re looking forward to having Trent’s sister, Aunt Heather, coming to help us out this upcoming week.

* I’ve learned some of Dylan’s signs that he’s hungry and can often get him feeding before he starts to cry.

* Cali and Chester are still adjusting to the new addition to the family…

* Trent returned to work and Dylan & I are working on creating a weekday schedule (mostly, I’m adapting to his schedule!).

* Dylan & I ventured out to the grocery store last Tuesday with help from my mom. And this past Friday, Trent & I were brave enough to make trips to Target and BJs with Dylan – who slept through it all (even his parents struggling with how to properly place the carrier on shopping carts – who knew that could vary so much from store to store!). Little Dylan relaxing in his playpen just before the big shopping trip…
* Trent, Dylan & I have enjoyed a quiet weekend of just the 3 of us – our first time alone since his birth.

Overall our little boy is a sweet, relaxed baby. He only cries when he’s very tired and/or frustrated. He’ll go 3-4 hours between feedings overnight allowing us both to get a good bit of rest.

And while it’s only been 2 weeks, Trent & I are finding it hard to remember what our life was like before. We’re enjoying this new adventure and learning how to be Mom & Dad ourselves (which still sounds a bit foreign!). Little Dylan truly is a blessing and we are enjoying every moment.

14 Comments

  • Ter August 2, 2009 at 4:47 pm
    gosh he looks bigger than 2 weeks. but adorable, for sure! Congratulations again!
  • Cheri August 2, 2009 at 5:28 pm
    He is adorable! I bet part of his love for stretching is the fact that he was overdue...squished inside, but also READY to stretch out, much like any baby at the equivalent of 41-42 weeks gestation:)

    Summer isn't a great time for swaddling anyway, lol! It came in very handy for our middle boy, but our youngest didn't really like it either, even being born in January.
  • Debbie August 2, 2009 at 10:03 pm
    So cute! So happy to hear all is going well. He looks more mature than 2 weeks and he is adorable.
  • KarenSue August 2, 2009 at 10:37 pm
    sooooo adorable!

    glad to see ya'll are doing so well!
  • Laura August 3, 2009 at 12:19 am
    Awesome update! I'm glad you all are doing well now! :) He is soooooooo cute!!! :)

    Miss you, but I know you are staying busy! :)
  • emily August 3, 2009 at 6:50 pm
    So wonderful! Sounds like you are learning a lot and taking it all in...what a nice update!
  • Aimeslee August 4, 2009 at 6:14 am
    Wow. Well, Sarah, how did it feel to pass that bowling ball, eh? So glad the problems turned out to be minor. He is such a photogenic baby. I can't believe you are having so few problems. He really is a good baby. You reminded me of when I used to think people were nuts when they'd tell me to get my sleep now (before the birth). Never could figure out what the big deal was. LOLOLLOLOL Once I had my baby I knew! :-)))

    Mucho Congrats!!! xoxo
  • toners August 4, 2009 at 7:48 pm
    Oh Sarah, Dylan is soooo sweet! It sounds like the 3 of you are doing a terrific job getting to know each other :) I bet it's hard for Trent going back to work - but I bet he loves coming home to his brand new family!
  • CoveredInCrafts August 5, 2009 at 7:17 pm
    Oh my goodness what a cutie!! Congratulations!!
  • Ryzmomplus2 August 6, 2009 at 8:50 pm
    awe, I love all the pictures. It is so true, you forget what your life was before they arrived! I'm so happy for you!
  • jillconyers August 7, 2009 at 6:12 am
    Love seeing a glimpse of Dylan's (and family too) first few weeks. Alyssa hated swaddling. Isn't it amazing how quickly we learn what our baby needs.

    Happy to hear all are happy and doing well :)
  • Lida August 7, 2009 at 10:09 am
    Dylan is simply adorable, love all the pictures!
  • Tere August 7, 2009 at 3:53 pm
    I was waittin for a blog update and no wonder i didn;t know about this post...I haven followed you, what's worng with me??!?

    OMG Sarah, Dyla is adorable and he looks so big and alert for a 2 weeks baby {now 3 :)}
    enjoy everysingle second of this little gift from God, I know you are already doing it, but take tons of pictures, I love looking at Seth when he was a little tuny baby.
    Give him a hug and a kisss and tell him Tere says he is so cute, adorable, precious, bonito, hermoso, bello, encantador...

    xoxo
  • gina August 13, 2009 at 6:45 pm
    Oh look at him. He's so adorable, I wish I could just scoop him up!
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