Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A Cold

Dominick caught a cold from Cecilia. It's so sad. When he breathes heavy through his sweet little nose. Or when he coughs. Or when his nose runs. I feel so bad for him.

And what do you do for a one month old with a cold? Do you give him anything? We are cleaning out his nose with a bulb syringe, but other than that what should I be doing? Any tips??

Thanks in advance!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Dominick's One Month Check-up

We went to the pediatrician today and learned a few things about Dom.

1) He has grown to 10 lbs. 4 ozs. so he is a big boy already! He is in the 75th percentile for weight.

2) He has also grown to 22 1/2" long and is in the 75th percentile for height.

3) He does NOT like shots. :-(

This is going to be a contradiction to my "reflection" post. Dominick had to get his 2nd Hep B vaccine today. The nurse told me I could either hold him or lay him down for the shot. I opted to lay him down out of fear that he'd squirm when getting the shot and make it difficult for me to hold him. I tried to get as close to him as possible while he got the shot. When she stuck the needle in, his face contorted with fear and he let out one of those horrible horrible cries. The kind where he couldn't catch his breath and didn't make any noise at all for a minute. Then it was so loud and clearly he was in pain. It completely broke my heart. I got tears in my eyes and as soon as I could I picked him up again. Sweet baby boy. I love him so much.

Our next appointment is April 10. He is due for a whole bunch of shots. I might try to see if Nick can come with me because I don't know if I can watch that again.

My little angel. So big already! One month old. My goodness it's scary how time flies...

Monday, February 23, 2009

Happy Birthday Dom!

Today Dominick is exactly one month old. I can't believe it. Everyone says times flies with a newborn and I never believed them, but it's so true. He seems so big already!

Tomorrow is our one month check up with the pediatrician. I can't wait to see how big he's gotten!

I'll update tomorrow with his height and weight and tell you about the appointment.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Bath Time

I finally took a few pictures of us giving Dominick a bath. He does not like it at all!

Hopefully he will start enjoying bath time more soon! Until then, we continue bath time with lots of screaming and crying!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


So like I mentioned in the last post, we have Dominick's baptism scheduled.

It will be April 26, 2009 after 11:30 mass. So around 12:45 p.m. I'm very excited about this.

Here are a few pictures of Dominick and his godparents!

Here is Dominick with Mike, his godfather.

And I can't believe I don't have a picture of Kate and Dominick together!! This is Kate, his godmother, with her daughter Sophia.

We are very excited for this baptism and very excited about his godparents. We know that they love him almost as much as we do, and we couldn't ask for more.

So family - mark your calendars! April 26!!

A productive day

Today I got a lot accomplished. I'm very proud of myself so I'll post about it here!

First off, I've been second guessing myself with the whole breastfeeding thing. Dominick always seems so hungry that I'm afraid he's not getting enough from me. Also, I don't have very much milk saved up for when we are out and about. So I've been meaning to call the doctor for awhile now and see if we can add some formula. Well today I finally called and got a hold of her. She said to absolutely supplement with formula. She told me what kind, how much, and how often. So we are ready to start trying that. One thing down...

Next, I got an email from the day care we were planning on using and I found out that there are 5 infants ahead of us! Holy cow! So I called around and found another day care one street away and on the same block as us! Even closer! And it's cheaper! Score! Two things down...

Finally, I called St. Joan of Arc and scheduled Dominick's baptism! I gave them all the information and they will be sending us forms to fill out. Nick and I are encouraged to attend baptism class as well, so we will be doing that. Awesome. Three things down...

And that is all the energy I have for today... :)

Friday, February 13, 2009

A few pictures

Here's just a few pictures that I had that I thought I'd share. They aren't all that recent, so I apologize. I'll get some newer pictures up soon!

Reflection Time

Dominick is taking a nap so I figured I'd take a minute and write about these last three weeks.

Motherhood isn't what I thought it would be. I've read and heard so many stories from other women about what becoming a mother was to them and it hasn't seemed to apply to me and my experiences so far.

I've heard that breastfeeding is so magical. That you feel such an amazing bond with your child while breastfeeding. I haven't felt that. I feel bonded to Dominick all the time. Feeding him (with a bottle or breast, it doesn't matter to me), burping him, rocking him, singing to him, anything.

I've heard that you can stand the cries of other children but when you hear your own child cry, it's like daggers to your heart. I don't feel that way. Of course I get upset when he cries. I try my best to make him feel better. I don't want him hungry, or hurt, or sick or anything. But I can stand his cry. Babies cry. It's what they do. And I'm ok with that.

I've also heard that leaving him for the first time would be one of the hardest things for you to do...ever. I did it ok. We went to the movies and, of course, I missed him, but I was ok. I knew I'd see him again soon.

I started questioning if there was something wrong with me! Why wasn't I as affected by these things as other women? Other mothers?

Then I realized that even though those particular things don't affect me, other things do. Last night Nick and I went with some people from my work to a Valentine's Dinner at Bartalino's South. We were gone for about three hours. On the way home, I really missed my baby. I was thinking about all the things I missed about him. And all the things that I love so much about him.

I love the way that he grunts all the time. Before he cries, after he cries, when he's hungry, when he's just talking: he grunts. I love when he's eating, he's trying to eat so fast that he gets frustrated and scrunches up his face and it's just adorable. I love how he looks up at me when I'm holding him with his big blue eyes. I just love him.

I never knew you could love something or someone so much. He means so much to me. Maybe I don't feel the same emotions that other mothers feel, but I feel so many things and I feel so much love for him that I can't even believe it.

He's my baby. I'll love him forever, I'll like him for always. As long as I'm living, my baby he'll be...

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Aunt Lisa!

Today is my sister in law, Lisa's, birthday.

Dominick had a special way to tell her happy birthday and since it turned out so cute, I had to post a picture here.

Happy birthday Lisa! We hope you had a great birthday!!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Our first outing alone...

Well we did it...already...we went out without Dominick.

It wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be but it was still hard. My friend Jamie had invited me to see a movie yesterday. We were going to see "He's just not that into you" or "She's just not that into you" I can't remember which. Somebody is not into someone else, basically! Well I really really wanted to see that. When I told Nick, he said that he wouldn't mind getting out of the house too. So since Jamie lives in St. Peter's, we decided to drop the baby off at Grandma and Grandpa's in Florissant and go to the movies at the Mills.

I was able to get to my parents house without thinking about it too much. We got there. I fed him and we left to go to the movies. I was fine until we got to the movies and Nick kept saying, "Where's Dom?" and making me feel awful about leaving him! But the movie was excellent and we headed back to my parents and everything was fine.

When we got to my parents house it did start to hit me. I literally ran inside to see him. And my mom was holding him and I made her give him up immediately! But he did good. And he took a bottle! We were afraid he wouldn't take it, but he did! So that's good news. And bad news for Nick. Now he can help with the middle of the night feedings! (Just kidding...he goes back to work tomorrow so I won't make him do that).

Well that's it for now. Nick took Dom over to Nani's house a few hours ago so I'm headed over there now to see my baby boy again. I'll try to update again soon.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Dominick's First Bath

Unfortunately we didn't take any pictures...but since Dom's cord fell out we could give him a real bath! So we did that last night and boy did he hate it! First we had the issue of getting his little tub set up so it wouldn't leak. Anyone who knows Nick knows he isn't the most patient person in the world so that was a big issue. Once we finally got it situated we started the bath. We started it late and around eating time so he was already upset. And putting him in a tub didn't help. But we got through it and now he's so clean and his hair is so soft.

Well I'm typing one handed and Dom is ready to eat...again so I'll try to do another post soon. With pictures!!