Tyson and Quinn's Corner


This is our life with our little man, born May 2009 and our sweet daughter, born May 2011.

24 June 2011

Do we look alike?

Big Brother:

Little Sister:

19 June 2011

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day Ryan! Tyson and Quinn are lucky to have you. We hope you enjoyed your day!

Happy Father's Day to the two grandpas too!

Quinn: 1 Month

Age: 1 month.  Already.  Sniff.

Weight: 8lbs 4oz (25th %)

Height: 21 inches (50%)

Size: Newborn

Hair: Lots of dark hair

Teeth: None yet.

Sleeping:  Just when we think there is going to be some consistency with her sleep, she changes it up on us.  She's still napping most of the day and then usually sleeps one long stretch at night.

Eating: She's eating well and finally gaining weight on pumped milk instead of nursing.  We've been giving her 3oz bottles every 2.5-4 hours during the day.  She usually goes one longer stretch at night, sometimes 4-5 hours!  A lactation consultant we saw thinks she may have a posterior tongue tie.  The tongue tie may be preventing her from latching properly.  The improper latch causes me pain and causes her to nurse inefficiently, which explains her early weight gain struggles.  As a result, she has to work really hard and doesn't get much milk.  We have an ENT consult soon, so I'm hoping for some answers.

Movement: Quinn is a wiggler!  I'm amazed at how much she can move.  She can already get herself rolled on to her side so I'm guessing it won't be long until she can make it all the way over.  She also likes to be held upright so she can hold her head up and look around. 

Milestones:  Longer periods of wakefulness, she seems more aware of the what's going on around her.

Favorite toys/activities: No favorite toys yet, but loves to be held.  Likes bathtime, except for when it's time to get out.  Loves her pacifier.

Dislikes: Diaper changes, being cold, being hungry and burps that won't come out.

Words: None.

Mad about getting her picture taken:

ooh, that's better.

In deep thought.

an intellectual pose.  hmmm....

So sweet and getting so big.  Still not as big as her brother when he was born, though!

17 June 2011

Jessica meets Quinn!

Quinn is going to love her Aunt Jessica!

15 June 2011

Tyson: 25 Months

Age: 25 months

Weight: Not exactly sure.  32.4lbs last month.  Regardless, he is one solid boy!

Height: Again not sure.  35.5 inches last month.

Size: 2T clothes, size 6 or 7 shoe, size 5 diaper

Hair: Needs another haircut asap.  We will be taking him this weekend to get one.

Teeth: At least 17. I have confirmed that one of his 2 year molars has popped through, but I can't see inside his mouth well enough to know if any more are through yet.

Sleeping: No major changes. We can count on him to take a 2 hour nap, usually starting somewhere between 12 and 1pm and sleeps on average 11-12 hours each night (8pm - 7-8am).  We have had to be a little bit more flexible with bedtimes than we were before Quinn arrived, but he doesn't seem to mind much.  He is waking up earlier since his sister arrived (6:30 on average), but that could be because it's lighter outside in the mornings.

Eating: Still not great. No new foods this month and still no veggies.  The boy sure loves fruit, though!  He does not like watermelon and still likes cherries.

Movement: He can do complete somersaults now.  He used to just bend over at the waist and stand on his head.  Now he can do them on command!  Loves to run, jump, hop and play.

Milestones: Became a big brother!  Took our first trip to the lake this summer, first boat ride, first fishing trip with pa (Grandpa), first summer concert.
Favorite toys/activities: Being outside, playing on his swingset, playing in the water, taking walks, reading books, riding in his wagon to see the ducks.

Dislikes: Diaper changes, settling down for naps and bedtime, coming inside after playing, washing hands, leaving Brooke and Lauryn.

Words: Too many to count! He amazes me with what he says and understands.  His sentences are getting longer (3-4 words on average) and he's recognizing more numbers as he sees them.

Checking out baby sister:

He LOVES his sunglasses!

At the concert with cousin Morgan (7.5m old):
Our sweet big boy:

We love you buddy!

14 June 2011

Daddy's Little Alarm Clock

Big Brother:

Little Sister:

13 June 2011

Welcome to the world, Quinn Suzanne!

I can't believe she's already been with us for nearly 4 weeks. This update and birth story is long overdue!

I had my 39 week OB appointment on Tuesday, May 17. I had said throughout my pregnancy that I did not want to be induced because I did not have a very positive induction experience with Tyson.  Unfortunately, the Wednesday before, I had slipped in my kitchen and hurt my back. I thought I had just aggravated my sciatic nerve and the only way I could get relief from the pain and be able to walk normally again would be to deliver our baby girl. I asked my doctor if she had any availability to induce me that week. When she told me she was on call the next day, we had a tough choice to make. We could go ahead and induce on May 18 or wait it out. I really struggled with the decision but the pain and inability to walk or carry Tyson really made the choice for me.

At 3pm on Tuesday, we got confirmation from my doctor's office that we were scheduled for the induction at 8am the next day. I worked a full day on May 17 to get everything done at the office and prepare for my maternity leave. We rushed around that evening trying to finish packing our stuff for the hospital stay, doing laundry and spending time as much time as possible with Tyson.  We both slept really well the night before and were much more relaxed, quite unlike the night before I was induced with Tyson. I did wake up a litte before 5am and could not get back to sleep so I just got up and got ready.

We got to the hospital right at 8am after a little more traffic than we were expecting and a short trip to McDonald's for breakfast. I wouldn't be allowed to drink or eat anything during labor so I needed some breakfast!

I got checked in, taken to our room and the changed into my gown. My nurse came in, took down a bunch of information and started my IV. When she got around to checking my cervix, she found that I was already 4cm dilated. That was a big surprise since I was only 2cm the day before at my appointment.  She was encouraged by the news since it usually takes the longest to progress from 0-4cm.

The nurse started the pitocin around 9:30am and my doctor came in a little after 10am to break my water. Immediately afterwards, my contractions really started picking up. It was my goal to hold off on getting an epidural as long as possible or maybe not get one at all. I tried as many different positions, but the fetal heart rate monitor kept coming off and I couldn't do any kind of intermittent monitoring because of the pitocin.  It made it hard to deal with the pain when I couldn't really move.  Before the shift change at 11am, my nurse started setting up my room for the delivery. She said that she thought I would go quickly and it turns out that she was right!

By 12:30, I had only progressed one more centimeter, to 5. By 2pm, I couldn't take the pain of the contractions any longer so I called my nurse. I asked her to check me one more time and I was at 6cm so I asked for an epidural. The anesthesiologist arrived quickly and worked fast. I had the epidural by 2:30 and started feeling much better.  My nurse thought that I would progress quickly once I got the epidural because I would be more relaxed and not fighting against the contractions. 

My nurse came in at 3:05 and wanted to check me because of what she was seeing on the monitor. With every contraction, our little girl's heartrate was decelerating and the nurse thought the baby was really getting close to arriving. I thought she was crazy because I had just been checked an hour ago and was only at 6cm. In the half hour after I got my epidural, I had progressed to 8cm.

Ten minutes later, my nurse came in again for the same reason. She said she thought I was complete and again, I thought she was crazy. But, by 3:15pm, 45 minutes after receiving my epidural, I had progressed the final 4 cm and was at 10cm!  I started with a few practice pushes while they called my doctor to come up to my room.

Baby's heartrate decelerated a few times and was not coming back up, so they gave me some oxygen and started preparing for a vacuum delivery. Luckily, as soon as I got some oxygen, her heartrate came back up and the vacuum was no longer necessary.  My contractions were still coming, but they became irregular. I think she would have been born earlier if my contractions had stayed consistent. There were times that we were all just in the room, waiting for another contraction so I could push.  That was a bit uncomfortable if you can imagine.

All in all, I had about 10 sets of pushes, a little less than a half hour, and our baby girl was born! As soon as she was put on my chest, I could tell that she was smaller than Tyson. Not at all what I was expecting since I had measured so far ahead my entire pregnancy.  She was perfect.

Quinn Suzanne was born May 18, 2011 at 3:41pm, weighing 7lbs 12 oz and 19.5 inches long.

Her birth was completely different than what we experienced with Tyson. I was awake and aware of everything that happened, instead of being so exhausted like I was with him. Ryan and I really got to enjoy the first moments after we met our new daughter, unlike with Tyson. It really made me realize just how much we missed out on with him because we were so, so tired.   I guess it shouldn't surprise us that their births were so different because they are completely different babies and I'm sure that will continue for the rest of their lives!

Just a few minutes old:

Relaxing with mama:

Sweet girl.
Time to go home!

Beautiful flowers from Ryan:

Home at last!



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