Tuesday, January 5, 2010

cloth diapers! Call us crazy!

Everyone told us we were crazy when we announced we were going to use cloth diapers. They told us we'd only last a week and I'm happy to announce that we have lasted 13 weeks! Well not exactly, since we didn't start until week 3 but who's counting? Here he is at 3 and 4 weeks! The diapers are huge! But aren't they cute?

Growing and growing

These first few weeks with Harrison have been wonderful! He is a great nurser! All of my pregnant dreams about him revolved around some catastrophe related to breastfeeding... so I am so happy it is really easy.

The first week Harrison was home, we had lots of visitors. Great-grandma Fletcher, Aunt Vickie, Uncle Bill, Dawn, Aunt Diane, Grandpa Fletcher, Grandma Chris, Grandpa Jay, Grandma Lee, Aunt Jeanette, Aunt Katie, Stacy and Phillip, Jaki, Matt and Jami, Brian and Bethany, Great-Grandma Lolly, Aunt Cathy, Aunt Tami and we even took a trip to Rayville at 2 days old to visit Aunt Linda and Uncle Ronnie. My mom came and stayed with us for a few days to help with cleaning and taking care of baby. It was so great having her here with us!

Around 6 weeks old, he started to smile a lot! It was so great to have this little guy recognize us and smile! I can't explain it but its the best feeling.

Harrison's arrival

I'm sorry this is a tad bit late! I'll rewind just a few months.

On September 28st, I decided I was DONE being pregnant! I finally worked up the nerve to try the caster oil. I had read all the great stories of women who had their babies hours after wards and the horror stories of women who spent the evening on the pot! But I decided I was having my baby that night, so I did it! Unfortunately, I got sick... really sick. I was sad and went to bed. I woke up at 3:30 having tons of contractions. I laid in bed for an hour before I decided that I should tell Adam. He just grunted and rolled over! I took a shower and made Adam take a walk with me at 6 in the morning. We finally decided to head to the hospital since my contractions were 2 minutes apart! Fast forward 18 hours... no baby... no dilation... still having contractions and miserable. The hospital gave me some meds to stop my labor and I was sent home. :(

Well, October 6 came and went and I was still pregnant! Dr. Magee said I could wait until next week and they can induce me or we could have a baby on Wed (Oct. 7). Of course I picked the 7th! Seriously, who would volunteer to be pregnant for an extra week?!?

We went to the hospital on the 7th at 7 am. They hooked me up to the pitocin and I had a BEAUTIFUL baby boy at 3:11 pm!
Harrison Grant Kroeger weighed 7 pounds 4 ounces and was 19 inches tall. He looks exactly like Adam! The entire time we were at the hospital the nurses called Harrison "Mini- me"! Adam even went with Harrison to get circumcised and the nurses have to check bracelets for ID. They just told Adam "that baby is definitely yours" and never glanced at the bracelet!

The birth was perfect! My epidural was WONDERFUL! I highly recommend those. :)
My mom, both of my sisters, mother-in-law Lee, and Adam were all there when Harrison was born. My dad (visiting from Guam) and my father-in-law Jay were in the waiting room. 10 minutes later, Granny and Aunt Vickie arrived! It was great to have everyone there! Here he is! Isn't he the cutest?!?