Cade is HERE!

Cade Christopher Weigand, 5 days old

Cade Christopher Weigand is HERE! He arrived on September 24, 20012 and weighed 8lbs 12oz and was 22 inches long! My doctor induced me a week early and after seeing what a BIG baby he was, she was so relieved that she did! Had we waited any longer, I probably would have had to have a c-section. As it was, the little guy’s shoulder got stuck during delivery so my recovery process was a little longer than anticipated, due to all of the bruising and stitches. Having said that, I was still back at work and in my office a week after delivery!

I am loaded with guilt for waiting so long to post to this blog, so please accept my apologies! My focus has been on my business and getting our family settled with our newest addition! Cade is now five weeks old and is as healthy and happy as can be. He already weighs over 11lbs and has outgrown all of his newborn outfits. As you all know, organizing the boy’s closets is one of my favorite pastimes. I have already had to box up over fifty of his sweet outfits. 😦

Cade is not yet sleeping through the night but he is starting to sleep for closer to 3-4 hours at a time instead of waking up every 2-3 hours. Chris has been helping out with night duty which has been a HUGE help! I am nursing and then pumping when out of the house and I hope to continue until he is at least 6 months old.

Carter is 22 months and is talking up a storm! He LOVES his new nanny, Ms. Patty. She keeps a daily journal of the boy’s activities and each day she proudly reports at least 3 new words that Carter has said! He likes to love on his younger brother and gets very worried when Cade starts crying. He will run over to the baby and rub his head or try to give him a pacifier. He loves to push the baby’s swing and even attempts to share his favorite food with the baby – the dog’s food! Carter eats like a king and then chooses dog food for dessert, lol. It’s disgusting and we try to keep the dog food out of reach but he always manages to sneak a pieces when it’s down and we aren’t looking. I know this because I can smell it on his breath!! :/

Hook’em Horns!

In summary, I am SO RELIEVED to no longer be pregnant!!! I had a really rough last couple of months and the 100+ degree heat did not help my situation! The positive part of the end of my pregnancy was that in my final two months, I helped ten families either sell or buy a new home!

We are now a happy and busy little family of four. Many have asked if we will try for a girl. We aren’t making any decisions for at least another two years. Right now we just want to enjoy our sweet boys and absorb every minute of it. Plus, it’s going to take a long while for anyone to be able to convince me to sign on for another year of pregnancy and sleepless nights. If I had to bet, I would say we are done and I will be perfectly content with my three adoring boys. 🙂

To try to make up for lost time, I have included many photos below. Enjoy!

xoxo,
Mama Weigand

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It’s a boy!!

Carter Weigand, 15 months

Through Facebook or friends, most of you know by now that we are having another little boy!  Right now our top name is Cade Sutton Weigand.  Sutton was my Mother’s maiden name and Chris and I both really like it.  We haven’t used any family names yet and I like the idea of passing one down.

I shed a couple of tears, ok a lot of tears, after our appointment with the sonogram technician.  I think there are so many hormones and emotions right before finding out, I probably would have cried a little either way.  I’ll be honest though and admit that I was almost positive we were having a girl.  I was so sure of it because this pregnancy has been very different from my last one.  I was much, much sicker during the first trimester and the fatigue has been exponentially worse this time as well.  Just goes to show you that every pregnancy and child in different, no matter the gender!

We are thrilled about having another boy!  I almost have Cade’s closet completely organized and all of his clothes hung!  Organizing my children’s closets has become my favorite pastime!  I am 21 weeks right now and Cade is due to enter this world on September 30, 2012.  I am hoping and betting that he will come two weeks early!

Carter has no concept of my growing tummy, lol.  He’s 16 months old and still working towards his first word, outside of Mama and Dada.  Mama, of course, was his first word!  He was at 95% on all accounts at his last checkup.  He’s quite a bit taller than all of the kids in his daycare class, so I’m guessing he’ll remain that way from here on out.  I now buy him 3T shirts and 2T shorts.  He is tall and skinny, surprise, surprise.  😉

I flew out to Vegas a couple of weeks ago for the Keller Williams luxury real estate conference.  Mom and Dad and about 20 of our San Antonio agents made the trip as well!  It was a quick trip full of networking and fabulous speakers, but we managed to fit in fine shopping and dining!  I finally got the opportunity to eat at Joe’s and try their famous stone crabs and key lime pie!!  Mom and Dad have been raving about the other ones in Miami and Chicago and they were right, it’s phenomenal!!  Via Facebook, my college roommate from Spain, Mike Fernandez,  saw I was in Vegas and let me know he was also there on business!  We were able to meet up after about 9 years!

Easter 2012

Mother’s Day this year was absolutely perfect!  I woke up and Carter gifted me an engraved bottle of Coco Chanel Mademoiselle perfume and had the bottle engraved, “Happy Mother’s Day, Love Carter.”  I cried when I read his little card to me that had his handprints on it!  Chris gifted me a 3 month membership for massages at a spa nearby!  Woot, woot!

Mom came and picked me up Mother’s day morning and we drove out to JW Marriott’s Lantana spa for massages and a relaxing afternoon by the pool.  If you haven’t been out there, you must go! The spa’s pool and restaurant are completely private from the main pool; think yoga music, private cabanas, and a completely zin atmosphere.

After a very relaxing afternoon, we returned to my parent’s house that evening and the boys cooked an outstanding steak dinner for us! Dad grilled the steaks, had champagne chilled and a lovely bottle of French wine open.  Chris made a mouth-watering side of brussel sprouts, rich and flavorful mashed potatoes and large heirloom tomatoes seasoned, broiled and topped with parmesan cheese.  They ended the meal with a decadent dark chocolate cake! The boys really outdid themselves this year!

In closing, we are all happy and healthy and our businesses are both growing. Cade and Carter are both getting bigger by the day and my doctor says I should be able to carry to term this time. Life is good!

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Another Bun In The Oven!

Ever since Carter was born, Chris and I have been talking about how far apart we want our children to be.  For many different reasons, we both wanted our kids to be about two years apart. We did the math and that meant we needed to start trying around January.  Well, just like last time, I was very fortunate to get pregnant right away!  We got our first positive pregnancy test on January 21st!

So there you have it.  I have another bun in the oven!  My first trimester with Carter was challenging but this one has been straight up exhausting.  I’m on anti-nausea medicine from the time I wake up until it is time for bed.  I take one zofran at 7am, one at 2pm and then phenegran at 9pm. I’m almost 11 weeks along so I’m hoping all of this will soon pass!

For those of you wondering, I’m betting that it is a girl.  My Mom was much sicker with me than she was with Will.  Plus, the old wives tales say women are sicker when carrying girls.  I know every pregnancy is different but I will be shocked if we find out I’m carrying a boy!  It’s just crazy that this first trimester has been so much more challenging than the first time around!

Have we picked out a name?  Of course we have!!  Elise Ann is our girl name.  I love the name Elise and it’s a shortened version of Elizabeth, my Mom’s name.  Ann is my Grandma’s middle name, my Mom’s middle name and my middle name so it’s only fitting to pass it down to our precious little girl!

If we are having another little boy, we will probably name him Sutton Cade.  We haven’t decided with certainty but we both really like those two names.  We should be able to find out the sex of the baby in early May.  This feels like an eternity to me!

An update on Carter

Stacking blocks is a serious task, one the Carter does not take lightly!

Carter has officially taken his first steps!  I was actually buying him shoes at Stride Rite when I saw him take his first 3 steps!  He was wearing his new kicks and I was checking out.  I turned around to check on him and he just stood right up and walked towards me.  I was speechless!

His old daycare is relocating to a location even further away from our house so we made the decision to move Carter to Country Home Daycare.  We loved his teachers at Little Lighthouse almost as much as Carter loved them.  He used to be all smiles and would reach out for Miss Ashley when he saw her in the mornings.  Chris drops him off in the morning and says it’s so hard to leave him because he just looks up at him and cries when he leaves.  It is definitely an adjustment but I’m hopeful that with a little time, it will get better.  One fun thing about the new daycare is that three of my high school friends have kids in Carter’s class!

Until next time! xoxo

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Carter turns ONE!

We celebrated Carter’s first birthday on New Year’s eve day, Saturday, January 31st!  Since we all know that first birthdays are for the adults, I wanted to decorate the house with more elegant decorations and serve champagne and cake-pops!  I had a vision for the dining room so I went out and bought all of the materials and then hired a professional to put it all together!  It ended up coming together perfectly and made for a very stylish birthday boy/New Year’s eve theme.

I was searching for cake-ball recipes online and stumbled upon a blog that showcased gorgeous cake-pop bouquets!  Chris was a tremendous help in the kitchen and after three nights of work, we had three wonderful cake-pop bouquets for everyone to devour at Carter’s party!  They looked amazing and tasted delicious!

With about 30 friends we had a great turnout and Carter even had a couple of his best friends here to play with him.  We set up a bouncy castle in our backyard and  the kids loved it.  The weather was perfect, cool and sunny, so everyone sipped champagne and wine while watching the kiddos play.

The party was a complete success but the best part of all of it was a surprise visit from my Grandma Marsha!!!  My Grandma flew in from Portland and everyone had kept it a secret from us.  I had asked my Mom to come over a couple of hours early, to watch Carter while we put out all the food and completed the last minute tasks.  Our garage door opened and I immediately picked up Carter to go and hand him off to his Mimi.  When I opened the door my dear Grandma was standing in front of me!  “Whattttt??!!!!” was my response and she said, “Well I wouldn’t have missed this party for the world!”  🙂

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Carter comes HOME!

Oh what a week!  We got to bring our little man home, this past Wednesday evening.

We have had many, many firsts this week!  First car ride, first tub bath, first day at home, first time to see sunlight, etc.  I have had too much fun documenting all of these moments on camera!

Smiling b/c I love my Daddy!

Where do I begin?  I LOVE this stage!  I’m in heaven and life could not be better.  Carter is sleeping and eating every 3-5 hours.  We are by no means on a schedule, but we may have a little routine down by the end of this week.

Our little man makes the sweetest cooing noises and rarely cries.  He’s PERFECT!

My girlfriend Kate, and her son Sanders, brought us breakfast on Friday morning. Sanders is 8 months, so it was fun to get some tips from Kate and to see the two boys together!

Carter weighs 6lbs 4oz as of tonight.  He still fits in his newborn clothes but won’t for long.  We are still breast-feeding and he eats like a champ!  We have to give him one fortified bottle a day, so we are able to measure how much milk he’s drinking.  He went from taking 50ml at the beginning of the week, to taking closer to 70ml per feeding.  He’s a growing boy!

We are as happy as ever, and simply love having a newborn in the house.  I am completely guilty of being obsessed with my son and will be posting TONS of pictures on this blog!  But not to worry, you won’t get tired of the posts and pictures because Baby Carter is the sweetest little thing you have EVER seen!

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Carter hit the 5lb mark!

"Oh Grandpa, tell Peter the Rabbit to run!!!"

If you count the day Carter was born, which we are, he’s 14 days old today!  Where did time go?!  The little man is doing wonderfully in the NICU.  Below is a list of his recent accomplishments.

  • Hit the 5lb mark!  Carter currently weighs 5.2lbs!
  • Holding his temperature to at least 98.1 degrees during kangaroo care
  • Sucked, swallowed and breathed ALL at the same time, for the first time!!  Translation: He took a bottle for the first time!
  • Ate 9 out of 10ml from a bottle.
  • Passed his hearing test & received a certificate!
  • BREAST FED FOR 30 MINUTES!!

I am most excited for his most recent accomplishment, breast-feeding!  The nurses tell us everyday that he is doing great and should be a very healthy baby when he finally gets to go home.

Many of you have asked me when it will be a good time to come and visit Carter.  Unfortunately, no visitors are allowed in the NICU.  They only administer entry cards to Parents and Grandparents.  The NICU is a large wing of the hospital, so it’s not like a normal nursery, where there are windows to view the newborn babies.

Carter’s estimated release date is February 16.  Once we get him home, you are more than welcome to stop by the house to visit.

Since he was born, the doctors have stressed to us the importance of friends and family members getting an updated tetanus shot.  Within the last two years, they have added pertussis to the tetanus shot.  Pertussis protects you from whooping cough, which could be fatal to Carter, if he were to pick it up.  It’s more common than you would think, as my friend’s Mom, who lives in Houston, recently had whooping cough.  So, if you plan on visiting Carter or any other newborn, within the first 3 months of birth, please be sure to get a tetanus shot.  Click here for more information on pertussis.

I’m still pumping every 2-3 hours and bringing my milk to the hospital.  I will now be working with Carter at 9:00am, 3:00pm and 9:00pm, breast-feeding.  I basically live at the hospital, since it’s easier to stay there, rather than make the hour long commute to home and back.  I won’t lie, it’s exhausting, but I know it’s temporary.  To be completely honest, when you are so sleep deprived, it makes everything seem like a blur and the week flies by!  If I could only borrow the hospital beds, it wouldn’t be so bad!!  At times, I’ve thought about bribing my old Labor & Delivery nurses, to let me take a 30-minute nap in one of the open rooms!

Our little world currently revolves around pumping, hospital feeding times, and visiting hours.  Please know that I’m still thinking of all of you, and love hearing from you!!

xoxo

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Carter Austin Weigand is born!!

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What a Christmas!  I have so many fun details to share with you! I’ll start with Christmas day and give you details of our little man’s arrival, the day after Christmas.

Chris and I celebrated Christmas in bed!  Since I was on still on bed rest, we ate and opened all of our presents in bed.  The day was fun, but around 9:00pm, my contractions started back up.  Chris and I tried everything possible to slow them down, but my body had it’s own plan.  We arrived at the hospital around 1:30am.

After my visit in triage, where they told me I was 100% effaced and already dilated to 2cm, I was checked back into Labor and Delivery.  They checked me into the very same room as before, #3.  Over the course of the night, I saw two different doctors.  It was nice to receive different professional opinions, but both doctors had the same thing to say.  Our second doctor put it this way, “honey, it doesn’t matter if you were flat on your back or playing tennis, your body was ready to deliver and you are in labor. There’s nothing we can do to stop it.”

My contractions were worsening , but the anesthesiologist was busy with a C-section.  A couple hours later, I finally received my epidural!!  The anesthesiologist was a saint, and stopped the pain immediately.  After that, we simply had to wait for my body to become fully dilated.  Over the next couple hours, the nurse and the doctor continued to check my progress. We were excstatic when the doctor finally said I was dilated to 9cm, which is referred to as rimming.  She said it would soon be time to start pushing.

Mom and Dad came to say their goodbyes and wish us luck!  With the pain finally gone, I was able to apply a little makeup for the big event!  (Mom found this quite comical and entertaining!)

I had more than the normal amount of fluid in my body, so Carter decided to float back up, which took me back to 5cm.  This meant more waiting.  After about an hour of no progress, Dr. Bower decided to break my water, which kept Carter from floating back up.  She was hesitant to do this at first, due to the fear the umbilical cord getting tangled up.

After about 2 hours, I was fully dilated and the doctor told us it was time to start pushing.  Four contractions later, I delivered Mr. Carter Austin Weigand.  He weighed 4lbs, 13.8 oz and was 18 3/4 inches long!!  (Chris was 19 inches long when he was born, weighing double Carter’s weight, 9lbs!  Basketball coaches, get ready!!)

While Chris was busy taking pictures of our screaming little boy, the doctors quickly examined Carter, and gave him a 9 out of 10, on the Apgar, health test.  We were overjoyed, as we had been very worried about his breathing capabilities right after delivery.

I was briefly able to hold and kiss my little angel before the nurses whisked him away.  It was love at first sight, as every Mom can testify.

Chris and Grandpa visited Carter minutes later in the NICU.  Dad took some great shots of Baby Carter in his first hat; his UT Longhorn hat from his Grandma Helen!

The doctor finished stitching me up (episiotomy), and told me great job.  I don’t remember much after that.  I do remember I was starving and was finally able to eat a small sandwich.  (Food is always on the brain, whether you’re pregnant or breast feeding/pumping, lol!)  I had not been able to eat or drink anything for previous 24 hours, for fear of complications arising, which would have resulted in a c-section.

After delivery, they transfered me to a room in the postpartum wing.  I slept for a couple of hours and then pumped for the first time.  The nurses were blown away by the amount of colostrum I was able to produce.  I hope to breast feed for at least 6 months, so I was very relieved and elated that my body was already producing the necessary fluids!

Carter spent the night in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and remained in stable condition.  He was born at 32.5 gestational weeks, instead of the normal 38-42 weeks.  Due to his early arrival, he will remain in the hospital until he reaches full term (5-8 more weeks), and is performing like a healthy newborn.

I’ll wrap this post up with a slideshow of Christmas day and Carter’s Birthday!  The next update will give you a detailed summary of Carter’s health and all of his improvements!!

xoxo

Future Longhorn!

Mommy's first kiss

Daddy is in love