Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The First Week

It baffles me that a week has already gone by... I can't believe that Grayson is already a week old (tomorrow) and Jayce has been a big brother for a whole week. You can tell that my time is definitely more taken up now that we are at home - sorry for the lack of blogging. You'll have to give me a little bit of time to catch up on sleep before I catch up on blogging. But for now, our first couple of days home. The frumpy face up there is after we got home from the hospital. Jayce came up to the hospital to come home with us. I wanted him to understand that we were all leaving to go home together. I think it worked. He seems to get that "baby" (what Jayce calls Grayson) is sticking around.
He's just not always so fond of the idea of "baby" being around. So far, so good, though. Jayce does love on him a lot. He likes looking at Grayson in the pack n' play. He's just not so sure when Mom has to take 30-45 minutes to feed him sometimes.
Grayson's first night home went well. He woke up several times that night. But he usually went right down after eating. He only stayed away when I was taking pictures of him. :o)
We've had several visitors over the past couple of days. Although I don't have pictures of all of them, I just want to say thanks to everyone who has been kind enough to bring a meal, gift or just come by and see our new cutie, little baby.
Apparently while Nana and Papa were staying here and watching Jayce for us, they took him out a lot. Now, Jayce is constantly asking to go bye bye. Jeremy and I decided to try our first attempt at going out as a family of four - to Meijer. We needed milk! Anyway, this is a picture of our backseat on our first outing as a larger family. Doesn't it look packed?? Nana and Papa also got Jayce this cute Elmo hat that he insists on wearing anytime we go out. Or is it that someone suggests he wears it....
We've made the trip to Grandma and Grandpa's house now. Grayson had his first pediatrician's office visit today. All is well. He's gaining weight. His hips are checking out great so far. We do have an ultrasound scheduled in a couple of weeks to be sure that all is normal. We stopped at Grandma and Grandpa's house on the way home (they live right down the street) so I could feed Grayson and because Jayce needed a reward for being so good at the doctor's office. It's always fun getting to spend time with Grandma and Grandpa.

Jayce decided tonight that he wanted to wear two hats out to dinner. I didn't feel like cooking so we went to Applebees to visit my old manager, Bill, and introduce him to Grayson. Bill was such and amazing friend and influence on my life, so we always like going in to visit. I guess Jayce wanted to look extra special for this outing tonight. Grayson pretty much looked like below the whole night. I think he liked the 'Bees. :o)
Jeremy has been a HUGE help with the boys this week. It makes me kind of sad to think that he only has a week off yet. But I'm sure that we are going to make the most of our week. Jayce and Jeremy were having a blast playing with the big ball. Jayce would bounce like crazy and Jeremy would throw him around. It made for a fun night.
Until next time!!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Day Before

Because we knew that we were getting induced on Wednesday, Tuesday we got to go to the mall to play with Grandma and Grandpa and spend some time with good friends of ours - the Ertles. Just a few pictures to share!!





Grayson Nathaniel Meyers Makes His Entrance

Yes, he's finally here! This pregnancy has been a long and difficult process for me, but boy (he, he) was it worth it!
Our journey to delivery started on Monday morning. I had a weekly check-up that also included an ultrasound to check the size of the baby. My doctor had been concerned for a couple of weeks about how big I was measuring. Because the ultrasound estimated that the baby was 9 pounds, 6 ounces, my doctor decided to schedule an induction for me on Wednesday, August 20, one week shy of my due date. I can't even begin to tell you what a HUGE relief it was to be to have an end in sight. To give you an idea of what I was looking like those last couple of days: I rode the elevator to my doctor's office with a stranger. During our short ride, she congratulated me, asked me when I was due, and asked if it was twins. Like I said, I was ready to be done!!
Jeremy and I were scheduled to arrive at the hospital at 4am on Wednesday, August 20. After checking in, completing all of the charting, and getting an IV, I was given petocin to start laboring around 6am. Things went pretty slow until my water was broken around 11am. By 5pm I was done feeling the contractions so I requested an epidural. After my epidural things began to progress quickly - And after three quick pushes, Grayson Nathaniel Meyers was born at 8:47pm.

Grayson's namesake is of great importance to us, so let me share where it came from. While the name Grayson was something I had heard while at Wendy's with Jayce one day, Nathaniel was Jeremy's cousin's name. Nate Borger was killed in a motorcycle accident in April 2008, and Jeremy and I wanted to honor a great man by using his name for our second child.
Jayce stayed up late the night that Grayson was born to be able to come up to the hospital to meet his little brother. Well, honestly, I really wanted to see Jayce - being a stay-at-home mom means that I pretty much spend 24/7 with Jayce and going a whole day without seeing him was pretty hard on me. He did have a hard time when he first came into the labor and delivery - I looked strange because I was a little bit pale, in a gown, sitting in bed, with an IV in my hand. But he was very excited to see the baby!
He, however, wasn't too sure about mommy holding the baby. Eventually he did warm up to Grayson and me.
Our first, four-person family picture!
All wrapped up!! Grayson did great his first night. We had decided that Jeremy would sleep at home while I was in the hospital because it would be good for Jayce to have some resemblance of normalcy and Jeremy would actually be able to get some sleep that way. Grayson spent part of his first night in the nursery so that I would be able to sleep. Grayson proved himself to be a great sleeper that first night, so he did come back and hang out with me after a while. What a cutie-pie, huh?
The next morning Jayce came back to the hospital with Jeremy to try to get somewhat acclimated to the idea of the baby being around. Because I was able to get up and get dressed this time, Jayce warmed up to me immediately. He wasn't thrilled when I held Grayson, so he got to sit on my lap also.
He was also game when it came to giving the baby (what Jayce is calling Grayson right now) hugs and kisses. He's really gentle with him so far too! What a good big brother!!
Jeremy and I were thrilled that Jer's dad was able to come up to the hospital two times now. If you don't know his story, know that he's been pretty sick lately, so it was good for him to be able to visit (good for both Jer and his dad).
All in all, we are all pretty tired after a day of visitors and little sleep. So, Jeremy's heading home to Jayce, Grayson is heading for the nursery, and I'm going to lay down for a little bit of sleep. We'll see you again soon!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Family Fun

Ok, I'm about to share something with you in confidence. Under no circumstances are you allowed to share it with my doctor....
Monday, Jenney, James, Jack, and Matt Dray were in town and having a birthday party for James who just celebrated his 2nd birthday. By "in town" I mean that they were in Gingellville, a two hour drive from Grand Rapids. This is the part that you're not supposed to tell, especially to my doctor: Jeremy, Jayce and I went. I know, I know... when I'm this far along I'm not supposed to be traveling that far away from home. But, I hadn't been able to meet Jack yet, and Jenney and I only get to see each other every so often. So, I made sure that I had a driver (Jeremy) should we need to hurry back to Grand Rapids. And I'm really glad that we went. We had so much fun spending time with our family back home - the Dray clan especially!
The kids had a lot of fun swimming and playing with James' new toys.
This picture has all four of the kids born by cousins within 13 months: (clockwise from front left) Ginny (Crystal - February 2006), James (Jenney - August 2006), Jayce (Me! - November 2006), and Shae (Kristin - March 2007). The best part about this wagon ride was that Jayce rode the entire way with his arm protectively around Shae. It was really cute!
Baby Jack sitting on his soon-to-be new cousin!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Ready to go!!

Ok, my bags are packed. I've scrubbed my house as clean as I possibly can right now. Baby clothes have been washed and put away. Diapers and wipes have been purchased. The baby's bed is up and ready to go in our room. Cameras have been charges and are packed and ready to go. Now, the only thing I'm waiting on is.... THE BABY!!!
So, to pass the time today, and because I had some last minutes purchases to make, Jayce and I took to the great INDOORS at the Woodland Mall. I'd have some more pictures of him running around like mad, but my camera battery died (thank you camera for the reminder!!). He was pretty cute, though. He'd go out and play on the banana or waffle, then turn around and look at me sitting on the bench along the edge, and run as fast as he could with his mouth wide open and laughing. He does have fun!
So, have I mentioned all the funny looks and comments that I get in my much enlarged current state? For instance, two weeks ago I was at Sam's Club and was basically stalked by a worker who talked to EVERYONE about my belly. Granted, I do realize that I'm basically huge (please see picture above!) but that's just rude. And when I'm checking out and on the phone with someone, she interrupted me and the checkout girl to tell me that "That just has to be a girl, right?" pointing at my belly. "I mean, you already have a boy," pointing at Jayce. I ask Kevin to hold please (he was the lucky one on the phone) and say no, wondering all along if she thinks that's really how the sex of a child is chosen - by what you already have in your family.
And then there was tonight: I forgot to buy salsa for our taco night (and you can't have taco night without salsa!), so I ran down to the corner store (technically, it's a liquor store, but they sell basic groceries too!) to purchase some. The gentleman (term used VERY loosely) in front of me looks back and says, "Well I guess we know what SHE was doing a couple of months ago!" Did I mention that he was purchasing a bottle of liquor and already smelled of beer? Like that's an excuse!! As I was checking out, the nice man behind the counter looked at me kinda apologetically and said, "Would it help if I said sorry?"
See, EVERYONE thinks that I should be having this baby VERY soon... Can someone tell him???

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Key to a Good Night's Sleep

Yes, for those of you suffering from insomnia or or having difficulty sleeping at night, I have found the key to a good night's rest: the love of a good friend or snuggly buddy!
Last night, Jayce was having a difficult time going to sleep. He's been in the habit of trying to stay up as late as possible: playing in his room when he's supposed to be winding down, begging for books to be read to him, even running laps in his crib once wrestled into it. The he refuses to give good night hugs or kisses, so I tell him that I'm leaving unless he wants just one more hug. He always says no, so I leave as he's rushing to my side of the crib. I went down stairs to continue my current obsessions with the Olympics (can you blame me??) and he calmed down. Well, for at least a few minutes. Not too much longer, he was yelling and screaming "Mama" and crying loudly - something he used to do a lot (the hardest thing is to ignore this - you moms know this!), but not so much lately. I resisted the urge to go up and check on him (after all, Michael Phelps was swimming soon!) and eventually he quieted down and went to sleep. As I was getting ready for bed, I thought to go check on him and find out what his deal was. I found the pacifiers on the floor (a necessity when sleeping) and him cuddling his stuffed animals. It was cute enough I risked waking him by getting my camera and snapping a few pictures. Lesson learned, if you can't sleep, just go get a cuddly stuffed animal and give him lots of hugs... it'll put you to sleep every time! Happy sleeping to you!

Monday, August 11, 2008

An Uncanny Resemblance

Ok, I've been saying it for about four years now. I think my brother looks an awful lot like Michael Phelps. While, I'll totally agree these two pictures aren't the best representation of this fact, you'll have to agree that if you know Kevin, the picture above looks so much like him it's almost scary...

Muskegon State Park Take 2

Sunday we went back to Muskegon State Park to help Jeremy's parents pack up from their week long camping trip. Even though in Grand Rapids it was a pleasant 75 degrees, it felt much chillier along the lake shore because of the breeze coming in off of the water. Thus, long sleeves and long pants. When we arrived Ron and Karen already had a campfire going - it made for a nice afternoon around the fire.
Jayce and Grandma spent some time playing with the "big ball" and "little ball" - meaning, Jayce throws a ball and expects someone to chase after it. I was thankful that Grandma felt like playing because I sure didn't. I just wanted to plant myself in a chair all afternoon.
Jayce got into his head that he needed to help clean up so that they could leave. Unfortunately, he didn't understand the concept of stopping at the edge of the rug. He kept trying to sweep, but would drag the broom off into the sand and make more of a mess than he was actually picking up. Oh well, at least he was wanting to help!! I need to get me one of those Swiffers that can be just Jayce's and he can help me mop the floor - something I don't enjoy doing or do very often.
Bob and Mardie, some of Ron and Karen's good friends who was camping at the park this past week, had brought along a remote control truck that Jayce found fascinating! He wanted to help drive it no matter who was playing with it at the time. Other than Jayce, Jeremy definitely had the most fun with it. His favorite part was making it run over my bare toes while I was trying to get pictures of the two boys playing.

We really had a good day, complete with a nap on the way home. It does make me want to go camping again. Ron and Karen even invited us to go with them over Labor Day weekend.... we told them no! I didn't think that taking a 1-2 week old camping sounded like much fun. Maybe next year, Grandma and Grandpa!

Nana and Papa's Visit

Hi, this is Jayce posting this time. I'm always excited when Nana and Papa come to my house to visit me (well, I guess they come to see Mama and Dada too, but really they come to see me). We always do so many things and have so much fun. They came to see me last weekend and we did lots and lots.
First, Papa helped me fix my ball popper. It was broken. Mama tried to change the batteries, but Papa did a better job fixing it. He let me help too! Thanks Papa!
Papa taught me how to play Peek-a-Boo. He's helping me get ready to play with the baby that's coming to live with us. Mama and Dada keep calling him my brother... what does that mean? Anyway, Papa taught me how to hide and then say Peek-a-Boo!
I'm really good at it! Thanks Papa.
Nana and I played with my big ball too. It's really fun to pick up and carry around and sometimes Nana would pull me on top of it! Nana always likes playing with me. Thanks Nana!
Then we watched the Olympics on TV. That was cool. They did fun things while I was watching. See, I laid on the ground just like Nana!
I always give Papa lots of hugs when he's at my house. Nana too!
Nana wanted back scratches this time... it's a good thing I love her! Mama tells me that I'll be really good at back scratches one day. She says hopefully soon!!
Papa taught me how to walk in his shoes. They were really big!!
Nana helped Mama fold baby clothes. I tried to show them that those clothes were too small... They didn't understand. They kept folding them. Oh well. I did get to learn how to put on socks. That was fun!
I really love when Nana and Papa come to visit me. But, I do get really wiped out after they leave. They love me so much that I'm always tired for a couple of days. Mommy took this picture of me Sunday morning at 10:30. See how tired I am?!? I sure do love them though!!