The Donnell Family...Life Chronicled for Paige, Drew and soon to be Gage Donnell

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Things I Still HATE about Pregnancy

So, since I've had Gage, there are moments that I think back to being pregnant. Everyone says God makes you forget all the terribleness of pregnancy and childbirth and I really don't think that's the case at all. People forget because they're just so tired and preoccupied that the pregnancy seems like years away. Don't get me wrong, I'm so happy to be done being pregnant, but now that it's over, there are some things that are completely ruined. For instance, I have always slept on my back. ALWAYS. When I had to sleep on my side during pregnancy, I dreamed of the day I could sleep on my back again. Well... that day has come and gone because I cannot sleep on my back anymore. Instead I sleep on my left side and I hate it!! I also don't like eating pickles near as much as I used to which sucks.

Some things I do like about having a baby is the awesomeness of Oprah and the fact that I LOVE Celebrity Apprentice and since I feed Gage at 10:30, I'm always awake to watch it. What I don't understand is the random secretary they always show screen shots of during the elimination in the board room. Why is she so necessary and what is she always writing in her day planner? I hope Jon Rich and Lil Jon make an album after the show, don't you agree how well they work together? I think Marlee and Jon Rich are going to be the final two and I don't know whose going to win after that...

Let's see, what else... I haven't written in so long I've forgotten a lot! OK, breastfeeding is OVER. #1, it sucks in general. #2, my kid is huge and I can't keep up with how much he eats and #3 I have gotten mastitis THREE times. If you don't know what it is, look it up, but its AWFUL TO SAY THE LEAST.

I took Gage to the doctor yesterday and at 6 weeks, he's weighing in at 13 pounds and 24". Growing like a weed, and still an easy baby...

So just a few more comments and then I'm done. I could NEVER be a stay at home mom. This is soooo much work. No thanks. Well, like I said before, maybe when my kids go to school, but not before then. I head back to work June 27th and as much as I know it'll be hard, I'm really looking forward to being back in a normal routine. Right now, I feel like I go to the grocery store and clean way more than I personally would like to.

And LAST, I watched extreme couponing and since I don't go anywhere, its all I talk about. I even started cutting coupons! I saved about $30 at the grocery store the other day and it was awesome. And I saved $5 earlier, but my bill was only $20, which is awesome. I'm going to keep cutting coupons too because its the bomb... BUT I can't figure out how people save like $600 on their groceries... That's a little too "extreme" for me. I felt really cool though using all my coupons. I even impressed the girl at the checkout...

Anyways, that's it for now. I'll try to start updating more!

Monday, April 25, 2011

4 weeks!

So things are moving right along in our little world. Gage is now 4 weeks old, and gosh he's gotten big!! I'll tell you one thing, it's so awesome being on maternity leave during Oprah's final shows. I don't miss an episode! Gage and I always make sure our schedule is cleared at 4 pm.

I had my first night out last Thursday and went and had wine and then beer with some good girlfriends, which was a lot of fun! Then we celebrated Easter on Sunday at my parents house and had a crawfish boil. We took Gage's newborn photos a few weeks ago and they turned out so good, I don't know which I'm going to choose, but they're so cute... or maybe its because I have a cute kiddo, it could be that.

Ha, you know, every time I'm around friends, they always say, "is it going to be tough going back to work? Don't you wish you could be a stay at home mom?" And to be honest, I'd love to stay at home and chill with Gage, but I couldn't be a stay at home mom until he's in school. This is just too monotonous for me. I wake up, take care of him, clean, get dressed, take care of him, and then it's time for dinner. I mean, there's no time to do anything! I could be a lady of leisure though, and there's a complete difference in being a stay at home mom vs a lady of leisure. A lady of leisure is someone who shops and drinks wine at lunch most days... Problem is, I think schools frown upon drunk parents so I'm pretty sure I'll never get to be a lady of leisure (except for my random days I can escape!) But I am looking forward to going back to work, I'm not sure I would say that if I didn't like where I worked, but it'll be good to get back into a normal routine. Until then though, I'm enjoying these next few months...

Nothing else is really going on, Drew's tearing out the backyard and getting ready to put a patio in, and I've been cleaning up the third guest bedroom so we can get that finished.

Gage is still chill, I think he gets that from Drew. Ha, someone the other day said he's so long and skinny and I said "He gets that from me..."

Drew and I are going for a night away in Austin in June, so I'm looking forward to that, and all these upcoming weddings...

That's it for now, until then!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Growing like a Weed...

So Gage is just over two weeks old now, and is growing like a weed. I still feel like he's a good baby... and lately he's been more awake during the day, so I'm trying to keep it that way so he can sleep more at night. Yesterday we went on our first walk and we went again today. It was nice to get out of the house I have to say... I must admit a few things will make me be a better mom: - cut and highlights, -spray tan (the thought of getting a real tan right now is out of the question as I don't even want to sit in the backyard in a swimsuit), -getting in shape and being able to buy clothes. With these things, I think I'll be able to take on the world.

I ordered Gage's shadowbox with things from his delivery (the scrubs with his footprints, his wristband, beanie from the hospital, etc) and it should be ready on the 19th. I'm pretty pumped because I'm not creative at all so when I found out Hobby Lobby would do it for me, I signed up for that pretty quick. Tomorrow I go to the doctor so I am hoping they tell me that I can do all normal things again -- ready for that! We go Friday for newborn/family photos, so hopefully I'll be able to get some pretty family pictures and birth announcements once that's done. Pictures I took myself are below. They're not the best, but I also did this out of boredom, maybe there will be more to come :)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Our New Addition

So, after about a week off, I thought I'd hop on and give a quick update and share some photos. Thomas Gage Donnell arrived Sunday, March 27th at 12:34 am weighing 8 lbs, 0 ounces. If you think there wasn't relief in my mind about his size, you are sadly mistaken. We checked in for an induction Saturday morning at 7 am, and I finally started pushing at 10 pm that night. At 11:30 or so, it was determined he was too big and couldn't fit through my pelvis. So c-section it was, and the next thing I knew, Gage was here! Drew was great and has been great throughout everything. He had to hold him and change him and basically do everything in those first few hours and days that we got home from the hospital because I couldn't do anything.

It's such a relief for things to be over! And for things to begin... So many people say, oh once you have the baby, pregnancy will seem like it was forever ago... No, it still feels like I was pregnant just yesterday as a matter of fact... I even still look pregnant (which I'm hoping goes away by the end of month 1) But, I'd so much rather have a baby than be pregnant. I must say I found the whole delivery process completely calm and serene and really relaxing. I thought there would be a lot more drama and craziness involved, but its not like that at all, everything was really peaceful and I liked it. BUT, a c-section hurts! Or the aftermath hurts, but contractions hurt too... Geez, I've had two stomach surgeries before, but I am so sore from this... I hope the soreness goes away after two weeks or so...

As far as things at home, Gage is doing well and eating a lot! I have been sleeping a lot and Drew and I trade off on the feedings so we get plenty of rest (after a couple of days trying to breastfeed, for me, pumping and feeding is working best, so Drew's able to be involved.) So let me divulge a few things I learned and then I'll share some photos of our new family member.

#1 - epidurals and pregnancy hormones make you sweat insane amounts. I think on the 3rd night in the hospital, I looked like I had jumped in the river, but you can't take a shower for so long, so I just had to be sweaty for a couple days (gross!)
#2 - every single nurse tells you different advice and its completely annoying because you listen to one and then realize she's wrong when the next nurse give you advice and this process goes on and on until you go home...
#3 - when you labor and are given pitocin -- and then switch to a c-section, you swell even worse after delivery than when you were pregnant because of all the different drugs in your body. My legs and feet in particular are still swolen and the doctor said it would take about two weeks to lose all the fluid, but I had no idea and still can't believe I'm carrying around all this water weight. I thought that would be gone immediately, but I guess not.

OK, here are pics:A few things we've learned about Gage:
#1 - he doesn't mess around, he EATS.
#2 - If he's fussy, its either because he's hungry or gassy or has a dirty diaper.
#3 - if he's fussy, LOOK OUT. There is no middle ground in Gage's cry. It's full blast as loud and as hysterical as you can get.

My two favorite things are watching how happy Drew is around Gage and seeing what a good father he is and how complete he seems, and whenever Gage is upset and needs to be calmed down, I like being the one that he finds comfort in. It's a neat feeling knowing that you're someone comforting for someone else. Ha, and last I like running my hand over all the hair on his head! There's so much!

I'll update more photos later, hopefully we'll get his newborn photos done in the next few weeks and we can post those.