Monday, September 10, 2018

Briggs is THREE months!

Is it just me, or are these months FLYING by?! Briggs is growing so fast! How in the world is he three whole months old??

Weighs: We haven't been to the doctor since his 2 month appointment (at the appt. he weighed 14lbs). I weighed myself on the scale alone the other day, and then held him with me on the scale, and...drumroll please...this boy is 17lbs! He gained three pounds in a month! We always get comments on how chunky he is, and I love each and every one of his rolls! #moretolove

Sleeps: Briggs is finally getting into a napping routine. He was kind of sleeping all day (and some days not as much) without much of a rhythm. But he is now taking two solidly long naps a day sometime in the morning and then in the early afternoon with a shorter nap in the late afternoon. He goes down sometime around 8pm on a normal weeknight. Several times this month he has gone 6-, 7-, and even 8-hour stretches without waking at night!!!! And it has been awesome! Some nights he still wakes after 4 or 5 hours, but not all the time. During the week, I wake him up to change his diaper and feed him a little before we take Wells to school, but on the weekends, he will stay asleep until 8 or later. He gets a gold star for sleeping!

Eats: On the two days I'm working and  he gets bottles of breast milk, he is drinking 4.5-5oz every three hours (give or take). He tends to eat more often than that when he is with me, though. I am about to start making and freezing baby food (I did this with Wells & Grayer, and I love doing it!) so he'll be ready to start trying some out when he hits 4 months!

Wears: This guy is already wearing 6-month outfits! He can wear 3-6 months clothes, as well. I've already started getting out the 9-month clothing because if he keeps growing as quickly as he is now, he'll be wearing those in no time! He is in a size 2 diaper.

Plays: Briggs is the happiest baby. He smiles and coos all day. He barely cries (but throws a straight-up fit the minute he's decided he's been riding in the car too long!). He has started grabbing his blanket if it is within his reach, and he likes to shove his hands in his mouth right now, too. I've gotten a few little laughs out of him in the last week or so, but it's not a regular thing yet. Love baby laughs and can't wait for them to get louder and more frequent!

We can't imagine our lives without our sweet Briggs! He is so laid back and content and has been the perfect addition to our family. He brings a little peace to our chaos (I'm looking at you, Wells & Grayer!), and I wish he'd stay my little baby forever!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Grayer: A 2.5 Year Snapshot

Our middle guy is two and a half, so it's time for his half-year snapshot!

The Stats:
Grayer weighed 28 pounds at his last doctor's visit a few weeks ago. I don't remember how tall he was (I want to say 36" maybe), but I know that he is pretty average for his age in height and weight. Judging by the stature of his brothers, he may be our smallest-framed kiddo once he grows up :)

Grayer sleeps through the night (with a very occasional wake-up. if he DOES wake up, though, it might take him a while to go back down). He is our early riser. He is almost always the first one up in the house. On weekends, he gets to hang out with his tablet in our room for a little bit while everyone else wakes up! Ha! He still takes an afternoon nap, which I would say lasts about 1.5 hours on average.

Just like his older brother, boy is a talker! He is always talking, and we get a lot of comments on how well/much he talks for his age. I love hearing the conversations he comes up with when playing with toys. Usually, it's trains arguing back and forth or one needing help, etc. It's adorable.

As I mentioned in Wells' last update, the two big boys are best friends and worst enemies. They love playing together and love each other so much...but they also love to annoy each other! He's also Wells' little copycat. As far as his little brother, Grayer really adjusted very well to having a new baby in the house. He loves Briggs...and sometimes he shows it a little too much! He is always in Briggs' face, touching his head/face, giving him sugars, hugging him, and, yes, occasionally licking him (#weirdo). I am constantly having to tell him to be gentle or just to back off the baby for a second!

The Smarts:
Grayer is really smart. He knows all his colors, shapes, ABCs, and can count to 20. I am starting to work on him being able to identify letters when he sees them (he can do it with some, but not all).

Grayer was notoriously awful as a baby for never entertaining himself or wanting to play by himself. But now, he entertains himself so well - much better than Wells, actually. He loves anything with wheels and, of course, TRAINS. His favorite toy train is James (from Thomas) that he carries around the house all the time and sometimes sleeps with. He and Wells have also both been pretty into Legos lately. I will say that since Wells started PreK-4 a few weeks ago, Grayer seems to need a little more attention on the days I am home and not working. I think he really misses having his bubba to play with during the day :(

Potty Training:
We started really potty training Grayer about two and a half months ago. It took him a couple of weeks to get the swing of things, but since then, he's had it down pat! It is VERY rare for him to have an accident. He's only wearing diapers when he sleeps, and even then, he usually wakes up dry.

Little man started PreK-2 (on Tuesday/Thursday mornings) last week! He seems to be enjoying it so far, and I think it will be really good for him to be around other kiddos for part of the week. Of course, he has a train lunch box and a Thomas the Tank Engine book bag.

That Personality:
This kids keeps us laughing. He is such a spitfire and has a funny personality. He makes funny faces, uses funny voices (to make toys "talk"), basically anything to make you laugh. He's also a mischievous little thing. He is not the best listener at times - and I don't think he'll ever stop breaking crayons! #petpeeve ...He's lucky he's so cute. And because he's grown up with a big brother, he thinks he's just as big and can do any and everything Wells does. And I've gotta say, he keeps up pretty well.

Singing & Dancing:
Grayer is still a dancing fool. He loves to dance and sometimes in the car, you can look back and he'll just be nodding his head along to the music. He loves to sing, too. His favorite song that he LITERALLY sings every single day is "You Can Only Be You" from a Thomas movie.

The Pacifier:
He is STILL quite attached to his paci. But since he can't have it during school, I am hoping we can start transitioning him to having it only at nap and bed time and then take it away all together before he turns 3 in January.

-Grayer is our snacker. He is constantly in the pantry looking for something to eat.
-Some of his favorite foods are berries (blackberries, blueberries, strawberries), pretzels (he eats them every single day), cottage cheese, sausage (links, patties, kielbasa, on a pizza, ANY FORM), and fruit snacks.
-He has SO MUCH ENERGY. He doesn't walk - he runs. He really is non-stop all day long.
-Grayer is hands down the clumsiest kid ever. He falls/trips/bumps into things multiple times a day. And he bites his tongue or finger almost every time he eats a meal. Eric and I just roll our eyes at each other (unless it's a serious injury of course) because it happens so often.
-He is such a boy in that he constantly has a dirty face. Anything he eats, plays with, whatever, always ends up all over his face. I can't let him out of the car when we go somewhere before wiping his face down (which he hates, of course).
-We always get comments on how drastically his and Wells' hair differ from each other. Wells has wavy brown hair. Grayer's is straight as a board and is bright blonde. I would never have guessed that I'd have a blonde child! :)
-As crazy as Grayer is, he is still a mama's boy. The other day I looked over at him, and he said "I love you" just out of the blue. #heartmelted ... I hope that he stays a Mama's boy and that he'll keep letting me hold him and hug him and kiss him for as long as possible.

We love our wild middle child! Grayer brings so much laughter and love to our family, and nothing would be the same without him!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Wells: A 4-Year Snapshot

Since Wells turned 4 back in June, it's time for one of his half-year snapshots.

The Stats:
At his 4 year check-up, he was 42 pounds and 42 inches tall. A pound for every inch :) He is still pretty big for his age - with his height and weight in the 95th percentile or higher. He is wearing 4T & 5T clothes and a size 10.5/11 shoe.

Wells still talks all. the. time. He is SUPER curious and always asking questions. He is at such a fun age too because you can totally have a full, in-depth conversation with him.

He and Grayer are best friends and worst enemies. They love each other something fierce, but goodness can they fight and argue! They know exactly which buttons to press with each other! As far as Briggs goes, he's got nothing but love. He was so excited when I was pregnant and has been in love with Briggs ever since he met him. He is always excited when the baby wakes up in the morning/from a nap. He loves holding him and talking to him, and he was actually the first person to feed Briggs a bottle.

Wells is still our boy that requires lots of sleep (unlike Grayer!). He is our late sleeper and has not been a fan of getting up early in the morning now that school has started. We've bumped up their bedtime a lot since we have to get up so much earlier, but he always asks if he can lay in bed a little longer in the mornings (#hismamaschild). He will typically take a nap on the weekends as long as he didn't sleep too late that morning and sometimes takes a nap at school during "rest time."

Wells still loves doing devotions with Daddy. They have been learning hand motions to songs lately, and he enjoys doing that. He retains so much of the stories they learn and asks questions about Jesus and God periodically during the day.

Wells was so excited to start "big boy school" and has been doing really well since starting PreK-4 two weeks ago. This summer, he kept asking if he was going to be the teacher, and I had to remind him that he would be the student! Haha! He takes his lunch each day in his sea turtle lunchbox he picked out. And he gets to ride the schoolbus to our church in the afternoons, which is literally directly across the street from his school. It's like a 2-minute drive tops. This way on the two days I'm working at the church, he gets dropped off right to me, and the other three days, I can drive to our church to pick him up and totally avoid the carpool line at the school. He has had a rough couple of mornings this week, which I think is just him having to adjust to going to school every day (as opposed to 2 mornings a week which is what he was used to in PK3). He is always in a good mood at the end of the day and tells me he had a great day, but mornings have been a little harder.

He is our very particular child. He likes things done a certain way (namely, HIS way). If he thinks you are doing something wrong, he's quick to tell you. We are working on his bossiness and teaching him that he not in charge of others! And he is super nosy lol. If I am talking to Eric or Grayer and Wells isn't entirely within earshot, he will yell out, "What did you say, Mommy?" He wants to know everything going on with everyone else, and I tell him "nunya" or "none of your biz" all the time. Ha! Wells also went through this really funny phase where he LOVED exit signs, fire alarms, etc. So weird, but I think it stemmed from the time that he pulled the fire alarm at our church lol. Any time we were out at some kind of store or restaurant, he would point out all of the exit signs, fire alarms, and sprinklers. He is over this stage, but it's one of those quirky things I don't ever want to forget. :) Another "quirk" is that he is using both hands to write - I can't figure out if he's going to be a righty or a lefty! He writes about the same with both hands, so maybe he will be ambidextrous!

Wells has always been very smart. He wows us all the time with the things he knows and says. He has been able to write his name for a while, but it looks so much better than it did even a few months ago. Very readable :) He's always asking how things are spelled/what letter a certain word starts with. He can write all of his letters and can also write the numbers 1-10. He has the best memory and remembers EVERYTHING.

He really likes to sing and has been learning lots of new songs in the Gospel Kids class at church. He has certain favorite songs that come on the radio, too. And he remembers if you like a song and is always yelling "it's your song!" or "it's Dad's song!" when a favorite comes on.

This boy has always had quite the appetite. He has gone through and is really still in a picky stage. Some things he does love are raw veggies (carrots, broccoli, and bell peppers), pretty much any fruit, and pizza - still his all-time favorite food! He just recently started eating macaroni and cheese (neither boys liked it up until recently) and has started to also like hamburgers (I made some sliders for dinner one night, and he could not get enough!).

Sea Turtles:
Sea turtles deserve a whole section :) A few months back, Wells all of a sudden took an interest in a stuffed sea turtle someone had given to Grayer a while ago. Neither boys were into stuffed animals and it kind of just got shoved into the toy box. Also at his preschool, he had watched some cartoon about a sea turtle. And thus the sea turtle craze began! He was in sea turtle heaven on our trip to Sea World back in April, and he had an under the sea themed birthday party. We also took him on his actual birthday to a sea turtle rescue center on Jekyll Island. He has now added 6 more sea turtles to his collection, and he sleeps with ALL of them every night.

-Wells is starting U6 soccer in a couple of weeks and is excited about that - but Eric may be the most excited :)
-He is the bad word police. And by bad words, I mean "stupid," "shut up," and "hate." Ha! IF you say any of those around him, just know that he WILL tell me.
-He is still a big time mama's boy and can be so sweet. The other day I put on a pair of sunglasses in the car, and he said, "Mom, those sunglasses look really good on you." I love that kid so much.
-One of our neighbors gave him and Grayer a power wheels truck a few months back, and he's become quite the little driver (and speed demon).
-Wells is very cautious about certain things and can take a while to warm up to doing new stuff. But sometimes when you'd expect him to be cautious, he isn't at all! For example, at a birthday party, he refused to slide down the large water slide for the entire party. He did it once and didn't like it, and that was that. However, at Sea World, he had no problems riding his first (kid) rollercoaster! And he keeps telling us that he wants to go on the big, grown-up rollercoaster when he gets big enough :)
-He is at a fun age where he likes playing games - he got a few board games for his birthday.

Watching Wells grow up is so bittersweet. Even though it's sad that he's not a baby anymore, it's so fun to see each new stage and skill and personality trait develop. We love our big four-year-old!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

How We Pack Lunches

Joining Erika and Shay today for their "How We..." series. Today's topic? Packing school lunches!

School already started here last Thursday, and Wells is officially a full-time school kid in PreK-4 (it was a very emotional day last Thursday...for me. Not him, at all. He got all his Daddy's social butterfly/independent nature and was ready to go!). Anyway, he has been and will be taking his lunch to school pretty much every day, unless there is a day or two during the month that he wants to buy lunch (because hello pizza day.).

I actually really enjoy packing his lunch, but I am not delusional in thinking that I will continue to enjoy it quite this much for more than a couple of weeks. Ha! But for now, me and his lunches are still BFFs. I don't go crazy or get super creative (although I might when it comes to holidays...we'll see how much energy I have then!), but I do pack things that I know he will eat and enjoy. Not gonna spend time or money packing something that will go to waste. I always love hearing what other people pack in their kiddos' lunches, and I can't ever scroll past a lunchbox inspiration pin on Pinterest without clicking on it! :) So, I am really looking forward to reading everyone else's posts!

So, in getting ready for lunch-packing, about a month ago, I purchased a couple of things. Up first are these reusable food pouches.

I've been wanting to get some for snacks on the go anyway and thought that having them for lunches would be great as well. These are a great price and you get TEN pouches plus a little tool for filling them up without a mess. So far, I've sent applesauce and will probably send yogurt.

I also purchased these - another great bang for your buck. It came with 7 containers, and so far they've been serving their purpose well!

Here's what Wells took on his first day of school:

One little tool that I love is this Cut N Seal that my mom gave me. One press, and voila! You've got a homemade "uncrustable!"

I try to send at least one of each of these categories in his lunch each day:
- Main Item (so far he's taken sandwiches, pepperonis with crackers + cream cheese...and leftover nuggets from Chic-fil-a. Ha! Other things will likely include quesadillas, deli meat and cheese roll-ups, etc.)
- Fruit (so far he's taken strawberries, oranges, and a plum I diced up for him)
- Raw veggies w/ranch (his favorites are carrots, bell peppers, and broccoli)
- Carb (cubed cheese or crackers/chips)
- A treat (sometimes that may just be the fruit, but sometimes it is a cookie or a few mini marshmallows. He also loves those little butter mints, so I've sent one of those for him to eat at the end of his lunch, too. #itsthelittlethings

I guess I've only really got two tips for packing lunches. Tip #1 - Put a toothpick in it! Things are just more fun when you can eat it off a stick, amiright? The other day I sent him some pepperonis with cream cheese smeared on them, folded like mini tacos and skewered onto toothpicks. And of course, they were all gone when he got home! Tip #2 - Pack the night before! With drop-off starting at 7:15am (seriously, whyyyyyyy?????), we don't have much (or any!) ]extra time in the mornings. Plus, I am NOT a morning person and need to do as much as possible the night before. I've been packing Wells' lunches in the afternoon or in the evening when I am cleaning up the kitchen from supper. I pack his lunch, put it in the fridge, and then add an icepack in the morning before we head out.

Looking forward to all the tips and ideas from everyone else!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Briggs is TWO months!

Last week, our baby boy turned two months! Time is flying by, and my little guy is getting so big and grown! Here's the latest on Briggs:

He has knocked this cactus over  repeatedly during both monthly photo sessions :)

 As of this week's doctor appointment, this guy is one ounce shy of 14 pounds and is almost 24 inches long! The nurse informed me that he weighs a whole pound more than Wells (our notoriously humongous baby - and still big for his age) weighed at 2 months! So, Briggs went from being our smallest newborn at birth to now the biggest.

Sleeps: Briggs is still a pretty good sleeper throughout the day most of the time. Some days it seems like all he wants to do is sleep, and other days he doesn't sleep as much. He is not on any sort of napping schedule and just sleeps when he wants to apparently! We usually keep him awake during the evening hours, except for the occasional cat nap. We've been laying him down a little earlier at night, and I will usually wake him for a "dream feed" when I go to sleep. He will then wake up about 2 times in the night/early morning after that. He's done two 6-hour stretches in the last couple weeks, which were glorious :) ...let's hope he starts doing it more often!

Eats: Since I started back to work last week (just two days a week), we have kind of figured how much Briggs is eating. He eats about 4-4.5 oz every 3ish hours. But when he is with me, he prefers to eat a lot more often just like his brothers did when they were nursing. I am pumping on the days that I am at work and so far have been pumping more in a session than he eats from a bottle when away from me - so it's great not having to worry about making enough milk!

Wears: I have started cleaning out all newborn clothes from his dresser/closet (#insertallthecryingemojis). The 0-3 month onesies still fit, but the 0-3 month sleepers are getting awfully short in the arms/legs! So, 3-month clothes are the best fit right now. Still squeezing into a size 1 diaper, but we'll be bumping up to a size 2 once we finish off our last couple of boxes.

Plays: He's such a happy and content baby, and he shows it with all his little smiles. His brothers love to see him smile and hear him "talk." He will lay under his activity mat and stare intently at all the hanging toys. As long as he's in a good mood, he will lay on the couch on his boppy pillow and watch all the shenanigans going on around him. Unlike Wells and Grayer as babies, he will happily sit in his swing and bouncy seat. He enjoys bath time now, too, which is great. He is getting more vocal everyday (he was chatting up a storm in the car last night), and I CAN'T WAIT for that first baby laugh!

Briggs brings so much joy to our house. I never dreamed the boys would love him so much, and I know that they can't wait for him to be able to play with them. I guess because he's our last and also because he is such an easygoing, happy boy, I am really getting sad about him growing up! I want him to stay a little baby forever! We love our sweet "Briggsie Wiggsie!"

Friday Favorites

Whew! What a week! We started back to school this week (Eric teaching and Wells' first day of PreK4!), and mama is TIRED. But at least it's Friday! Linking up with AndreaNarci, and Erika for Friday Favorites!

While I am not crazy about my big boy already being old enough to go to PreK4, school is definitely Wells' favorite! He has been so excited about starting school, and yesterday was the BIG DAY! He rocked his first day, ate every single thing in his lunchbox (and still came home starving), and crashed hard at bedtime. I miss him during the day, but I know he's having a blast. 

So, I know this is going to get old real fast. But for now, I am loving packing lunches. I even dedicated a whole cabinet to it. I give it a week before I am totally over the whole situation. Ha! And while we're talking school lunches, if your kid is a fellow crust-hater, get yourself one of these. Seriously.

Those moments when everyone's playing nicely together and no one is screaming/crying/tackling their brother. Definitely a favorite :)

A favorite moment that had me laughing and rolling my eyes was when I caught sight of my husband washing his hand with the produce wash. He thought I bought a new hand soap and had been using this for a week! 

Two words: baby lips.

This right here. Grayer is our snacker. He is in our pantry the whole day. This meme was made with him in mind, I'm sure!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Briggs' Birth Story

Just like with Wells and Grayer (their birth stories are HERE and HERE), I wanted to make sure to write down the events surrounding Briggs' birth.

I had my 37 week appointment on Monday, May 21st. I had not dilated at all, which was no surprise. I did not dilate with either of the other boys until I went into labor. I found at at this appointment that my lab work from the week before showed that I tested positive for Group B Strep. I did not test positive for this for either other pregnancy, so I really had no idea what that meant. I was told that I would be put on an antibiotic via IV during labor to ensure that the baby did not contract it. The only issue? You have to be on the antibiotic for at least 4 hours before giving birth. Since Grayer was born only 45 minutes after checking in to L&D, I was told to get to the hospital as soon as I started contracting this time to ensure the medicine would have time to get into my system.

That Saturday, May 26th, we threw Wells' 4th birthday party. Since the baby was due only 2 days before Wells' actual birthday, we wanted to make sure to have the party a few weeks early. It was a fun but tiring day. I was on my feet a LOT and was feeling exhausted. On Sunday we met up with family after church to have lunch and then walked around at the outlets some. More walking = more tired!

I woke up on Monday, May 28th (Memorial Day), with contractions. They weren't painful, but they were regular. I had been having Braxton Hicks for months, so I wanted to make sure these were the real deal. I got up and made pancakes, and the contractions continued to come. I told Eric to go ahead and pack his bag (I had just packed mine 3 days earlier!) and gave my mom a call. My contractions were still not painful (but were regular enough that I was pretty sure today was the day), but because I needed to be on antibiotics hours prior to delivering, I wanted to make sure that we got to the hospital in enough time. 

We headed to my mom's and dropped off the boys. My mom wanted us to call her and let her know when to head to the hospital. Since Wells was a 30+ hour labor and Grayer was a super quick labor, we had no idea what to expect this time around. We said goodbye to Wells & Grayer and headed to the hospital. Side note: Eric almost turned into the wrong hospital. Even though this is our third child. #facepalm

We got to the hospital and checked in around maybe 12:30pm. Another girl was being wheeled up to L&D alongside us, and she looked like she was in a lot of pain. I felt like an idiot for being there so early and feeling pretty good still, but i knew it was important for the baby's health to be there early enough for antibiotics. Once we got into the exam room, they hooked me up to the monitors. The contractions were getting a little stronger but still not too bad. They checked me and I was at about 4cm. We were in the exam room for about an hour, and the doctor admitted us. We moved rooms around 2pm I guess. Once we were there, my mom, dad, sister, nephew, and the boys headed up to the hospital. Things didn't seem to be progressing as fast as I'd hoped, and all the boys headed to the waiting room to let the boys watch their tablets and then they headed to the McDonald's right around the corner.
Ready to get the show on the road!

When your husband taunts you with food but all you can eat is ice.

My mom and sister stayed with me. My sister painted my nails and did my hair, and my mom made fun of me for diffusing my essential oils in the room. :) By this point, I was hooked up to IVs with the antibiotic and fluids. Because they wanted to monitor the baby's heart, I was not able to walk around, which I was kind of upset about. But I was able to sit on a birthing ball right next to the bed. The contractions were getting much stronger by now and were taking some considerable concentration to get through. I did much better this time around focusing on my breathing and remaining calm. 

Eventually the nurse checked me and I was only at 5cm! I had only dilated a cm more than the last exam which was several hours before. The doctor came in and asked if I wanted to have her break my water to see if that would speed things up. I definitely wanted to speed it up. But she also wanted to know if I wanted an epidural. I was really torn. I didn't have an epidural with Grayer (because he came too fast), so I knew I could do it. But this labor seemed to be taking a lot longer. The doctor also said that the anesthesiologist was on the floor at that time and that she could not guarantee that he could get there quickly later. I was really stressed about what to do, and Eric practically begged me to get the epidural (apparently, the screaming I did without the epidural the last time scarred him for life! haha just kidding! #butseriously). I decided to have my water broken and hold off for a little bit on the epidural. Almost immediately after she broke my water, the contractions got much, much worse. I was checked a few minutes later and was at 7cm. Still not sure how long labor was going to take this time, I went ahead and asked for the epidural. The contractions were awful once the anesthesiologist got in the room, and my mom and the nurse helped me through the contractions so that I could be still enough for him to administer the epidural. For whatever reason, it took two or three tries to get it in right. Not fun. At this point, it was almost 8pm, and my mom decided to go ahead and take the boys back to her house to put them down to bed. She would come back up by herself after that. The epidural did not seem to be kicking in all the way. The contractions were a little better, but I started feeling intense pain in one targeted area. My left side was in excruciating pain every time a contraction would come (which was almost continuously at this point). I was writhing in pain, and Eric decided to call the nurse. She checked me and I was at 10cm. I could tell by her phone call asking for assistance that the baby was close. She never said it, but I would guess that he was crowning or close to it because I'm pretty sure I heard her tell whoever was on the other end to hurry because the baby would probably be out in one push. 

The doctor (the same one who delivered Wells almost 4 years earlier) came in and we were ready to roll. I pushed through one last contraction, and Briggs Alexander was here at 9:13pm!

They put him on my chest immediately. Just a few minutes later, one of the nurses noticed that he was apparently making a strange noise when breathing. I'll always be thankful for her noticing that. They took him from me, put him on the warming table, and discovered that he wasn't breathing quite like he should. He was breathing on his own but not at the level he should have been. They put an oxygen mask on him, but when they took it off, his numbers would drop every time. Eric and I were really scared, and they told us that they were going to need to take him to the NICU. I was a mess. Before they put him in the incubator on the rolling cart, they took his measurements. He was 7lbs 7oz and 19in long. He was our smallest baby (but if he had been born on his due date two full weeks later, he probably would have been our biggest!). My mom walked in and was able to see him before they left for the NICU. 

We moved rooms and were finally able to go visit Briggs around midnight. We weren't able to hold him. He had an oxygen tube and was hooked up to all kinds of machines. I cried the whole time we were there. The doctor came to let us know that he likely had breathed in amniotic fluid. He said that this happens a lot and that some babies are able to work it out themselves and that some need to stay in the NICU a little longer. We were told that they would make a decision around 4am as to whether he would stay in the NICU or if he could come back to us. My mom headed home, and Eric and I headed back to our room. Eric had grabbed me a little something to eat from the cafeteria (I hadn't eaten since breakfast), and I cried the whole time I ate. Eric prayed for Briggs, and by the time we got in bed, it was 2am. I was up and pumping by probably 3:30am (since I hadn't been able to nurse Briggs right away due to his complications). At 4:00, I called the NICU to ask if we could come see him and hold him and also to see what they had decided. When we got there, I held him and was able to breastfeed. Then Eric got to hold him. He was off of all oxygen and was breathing perfectly. They decided that he could move to the step-down unit.

Exhausted from no sleep & nonstop crying,but so happy to hold my boy!

Daddy & Briggs
 We headed back to the room and I was able to sleep for about 45 minutes. I headed to the step-down nursery to feed Briggs again. His new nurse let me know that as long as his blood sugar tests were good after each feed, he could come to our room that afternoon. So all that morning and early afternoon, I would nurse him and then feed him a few milliliters of formula to ensure his tests would be good. It was in this nursery that Wells got to meet Briggs for the first time (Grayer was not old enough to visit this area), and he was so excited. He held him and picked out a book for him from the little library they have there. 

Briggs' nurse in the step-down unit was was awesome and got him discharged even earlier than she promised. I was so happy to have baby Briggs with me again. Grayer got to meet him that afternoon. For the next day and a half, I got to spend lots of snuggle time with my new boy. We ended up having to stay until Thursday morning (he had to have antibiotics for 48 hours because of the Group B Strep), so we were beyond ready to be home! So thankful that God took care of our boy and that he has been healthy ever since.