Today I am thankful. Above all else, I am thankful for my son Cannon and my husband Scott. Let's talk about them. (Disclaimer: this turned out to be a rather long post. I won't hate if you skip this post and wait for the next one full of pictures.)
Cannon is now five weeks old! I am amazed at how quickly the weeks have flown by. This week he started cooing a little bit, and I can tell that he is so close to smiling. I am anxiously waiting for that moment. He is such a chatterbox and talks almost constantly - even while he is sleeping. He is very active, loves to move his legs and arms (no surprise there since he was so active during pregnancy), and doesn't really like to be swaddled. When he is tired we get some good snuggle time in, and for the most part I don't mind the middle-of-the-night feedings because he is so peaceful when he sleep-eats and I love to look at his little face.
Last week at his one-month appointment the doctor was thoroughly surprised since he weighed in over 11 pounds. Let me tell you, the kid likes to eat (every two hours I might add) and who am I to say no to my newborn? He truly is a sweet baby, and only fusses when he is tired, hungry or needs to be changed. Ok so he is almost always needing one of those things, but in between he will happily kick his legs and chatter to himself.
Before I had Cannon I was concerned that I would miss being pregnant, but that is definitely not the case. I prefer having him in my arms instead of his head in my pelvis, legs under my ribs and arms punching me from the inside. I was also a little worried about not having enough to occupy myself staying home with him all day. I even made a little list of things I could do but forgot to account for things like laundry, cooking and cleaning. This just in: babies are a lot of work. Then add in the laundry, cooking and cleaning...the day is gone before I know it! Don't get me wrong though, I have loved just about every minute (there was that time he was crying and I was exhausted so I cried too. I didn't love that moment.). I think he has already made me a better and happier person. Truly. I enjoy spending each day with him and am doing my best to focus on him and let the other things wait.
We have been so fortunate to have family visiting during most of the past few months. My mom came for a week before Cannon was born to help me prepare. She cooked and cleaned, drove me to work, ran errands...it was really nice. The night before Cannon was born (just a few hours after I went into labor actually) Scott's parents and sister Janelle arrived. Janelle stayed through the week, Dave stayed until early the following week, and Lisa stayed a few days longer. My dad arrived just hours before Cannon was born and he stayed a week as well. Everyone stayed at our house and it was SO wonderful. The trash took itself out, the dishes washed themselves, the car did its own repairs, and the baby always burped and changed himself. Right? Ha. I didn't notice quite how much help we had until it was gone. I then had two weeks alone with Cannon and they were busy days since I was still recovering and trying to be supermom. By the way, I was successful at the supermom part. :D Last week my step-dad Alan came to visit as well and he cooked up a storm! This was especially helpful because I had someone reminding me that I needed to eat - something I was forgetting to do as often as I should. Our fridge is now stocked with home cooked meals and my head is full of the delicious recipes so I can make everything again. I also made a rule to eat something every time I nurse Cannon. So far, so good!
Scott has just started his fifth rotation and overall I would say things are going well. The purpose of rotations is to learn and he is doing plenty of that, so we are grateful. The week that Cannon was born was the last week of Scott's surgery rotation so it was an intense and exhausting week for us both. Amazingly, Scott was able to come be with me during labor and the day after Cannon was born. It was wonderful! After Surgery Scott had four weeks of Family Medicine. He learned a lot and got some hands-on experience while reassuring himself that he does not want to be a family medicine doctor. He is now in his OB/GYN rotation and the hours are kind of awesome. The first two days he went in at 10:00 am and on day three he didn't have to be in until 1:00 pm. He was off for Thanksgiving and continues with the short hours next week.
Scott is a good dad. I love to see him playing and bonding with Cannon. When Scott comes home each day the first thing he does is greet Cannon and pick him up to play. Not only do I love their time together because they can bond, but because I can have a little break as well. Bath time is the best - Scott dominates. I am the assistant while Scott takes charge from start to finish. I love it. We decided to get a baby swing and ended up with the one that I originally wanted and we got a great deal on it. We went out on our anniversary (while Alan watched baby) to get the swing and once we got home Scott went right to work putting it together. It was up and running in no time and Cannon enjoys it for the most part.
I am also thankful for so many other things, but this is what I wanted to focus on today. I am incredibly thankful that I had such a nice pregnancy and a fairly easy delivery resulting in a healthy baby boy that I am able to nurse. I am thankful for all of our family members and friends near and far. I am also thankful for all of the little things like hot showers, a second car, my digital camera, and time to spend with my family.