Thursday, July 30, 2009

365 Days of Fletch

Last year I had started a 365 project of myself. For those who don't know, a 365 project consists of taking a photo of yourself every day for a full year. I started off strong, but after I got impregnated and my energy levels were at an all time low, I kind of gave up.

Looking at how many pictures I've already taken of Fletch and per a friend's suggestion, I decided to start a 365 project for Fletch. So I'll be taking a picture of him every day for the next year of his life. You can check out our progress HERE

So if you see me slacking off, shoot me an email and chastise me for not keeping up with the project.

Making things easier -

The Shock Family Circus blog has a new web address! We registered domain The old web address (aka URL),, will still work and will be redirected to the new URL.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Our website gets a makeover

We've given our website, Chronic and Shock dot com, a makeover. It's the one-stop-shop for everything us. It's now powered by Google Sites.

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1 Month!

We have managed to keep Fletch alive for one full month! We had our one month appointment today and learned that Fletch has gained one and a half pounds in two weeks. That's right bewbs work just fine! I no longer have to worry whether or not he is getting enough to eat. We knew he was getting bigger, but we didn't know he was an over-achiever. We're so proud. Fletch has already outgrown some of his outfits and he doesn't look as tiny as he used to when we put him in his car seat. Everyone said to enjoy him while he's small because babies grow so quickly, and they were not lying. So to answer everyone's main question...we are doing great. We have gotten into the groove as a family and every day gets better. If anyone else woke me up at six in the morning I'd be very irritated, but when I look down into that crib and see Fletch's cute little face I completely forget what time it is.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Fletch's 1st Bath at Home

Since Fletch's umbilical cord came off during our second hospital visit, we were cleared to give him a bath. We weren't sure how Fletch would like the bath. He seemed to like the one in the hospital, but that was handled by trained professionals. This time it would be carried out by two rookies, but we were hoping the home field advantage would bring us some luck. It seems like Fletch might be a fan of water! He didn't get too fussy and we were in and out of the bath in ten minutes. He really liked being snuggled up in his hooded towel too. We hope he continues to enjoy bath time, but I'm sure once he gets older we may not have it as easy :)

Friday, July 3, 2009

Our Golden Child

We got home from the hospital on Tuesday afternoon with our new bundle of joy. It felt so great to be home with baby. Our pediatrician requested we come in for a follow up visit the next day to check Fletch's bilirubin levels, because they were a little high. We had a pretty rough first night, but in hind-sight it was probably because baby was hungry and was not getting enough to eat. So we woke up a little frustrated that day and when we were told at the follow up appointment that Fletch needed to be re-admitted for light therapy for jaundice, it was pretty discouraging.

We decided to look at this time in the hospital as an opportunity. I had a chance to consult with a Lactation Specialist, which I was in desperate need of. Hopefully I can take what I learned and help Fletch get back on the boob without assistance. When people say breastfeeding is not easy or comes naturally, they are ABSOLUTELY correct. It definitely has to be learned, by both mom and baby.

Once I got pumping in the hospital and filling Fletch's belly with the good stuff, he seemed to be able to sleep longer and that means WE got to sleep longer. We are still exhausted, but we've started to get our wits about us. After two nights in the pediatric unit, we were able to come home this afternoon. We'll go back to the pediatrician on Monday to get a final check on Fletch's bilirubin levels and we should be done with all this craziness.

We have Aunt Donna and Aunt Lisa here visiting and helping out, which we appreciate immensely. Daddy is trying to convince Aunt Donna to come be our nanny, but I'm not sure it's in the cards. More visitors are on their way, including Grandma and Uncle Bubba and family. It's gonna be a madhouse!