Introducing Baby Oliver *pics*

April 6th, 2011

Wow! The last 4 weeks have been quite the whirlwind. I can’t believe how quickly time has flown by. Exactly 28 days ago, I was sitting here in my bed, designing Lost & Found 2. Little did I know that in 15 hours I would be holding my sweet boy in my arms. I woke up at 4:15AM with really strong contractions. I started timing them on a handy ipad app, they were coming strong and steady – about 5-6 minutes apart and 45-60 seconds long. My water broke about 15 minutes later and Spencer was out of bed like lightning, getting dressed and warming up the car. I took a shower and made sure we had everything we needed, and then we headed to the hospital around 5:45. We got to the hospital and they admitted me at 4cm dialated. I did a few laps around the maternity ward but the contractions were getting really strong at around 10:30 I was at a 7 and asked for the epidural. The epidural was the most amazing thing in the world. I went from so much pain I thought I would vomit with every new contraction, to feeling all warm and fuzzy and not feeling much else. I rested and napped for about 2 hours, and the doctor came to check on me around 1 and said I would be ready in about 2 hours. He came back 2 hours later and I was ready to push! 45 minutes later at 3:05PM we had sweet Oliver!

He came out screaming and was so alert and bright-eyed (and very gooey). It was love at first sight, and I already can’t imagine my life without him. After all was said and done, I realized how exhausted I was and all I wanted to do was shower and take a nap! Of course they wouldn’t let me shower because I was still a little numb. Oliver was very tired, and we just snuggled and loved on him for the rest of the day. Here he is sleeping on me at the hospital.

We worked on nursing a bit that evening, and the night nurse helped us a lot during the night, and he was just such a good little eater that we mostly got it figured out by the time we left the hospital. In fact everything was going so smoothly and I was feeling so good, that the Dr said we could leave that morning. So we left the hospital around 1 in the afternoon on March 10th, 22 hours after Oliver was born!

Since coming home from the hospital, life has been so busy! Nursing Oliver takes so much time, but I really treasure every precious moment. He has been a really good sleeper, so we are in a good night routine. When he sleeps during the day I get work done, which is nice, but has been exhausting while recovering. I just finished Lost & Found 2 so my workload should lighten a bit and I can rest or take care of the house while he’s napping. Our favorite thing to do right now is to just play with him after he’s done eating, and to take a lot of photos.  Here are some of my favorites from the past month:

My heart melts just looking at these pictures. He has already started to grow grow grow, and I try to just enjoy him in the moment and not stress about him getting big. My life will forever be changed by this sweet little boy who made me a mother. I couldn’t have imagined how much I would love him, or how every time I see him or hold him my heart leaps out of my chest. He is my sweet little boy, and I am so blessed every second of every day.

In addition to all the hundreds of photos we have taken, we had an adorable photographer – Lindsey Erickson – come and do a photo shoot. She got so many adorable photos of our cute little guy, here are a few of my favorites:

Too cute for words! Thanks Lindsey for the beautiful photos that we will cherish forever. If I could have one wish right now it would be that I would never forget how perfect and small Oliver is at this moment and that I can always remember how it felt to welcome his tiny soul into our lives. I didn’t know how it would feel to become a mom… I wondered how it would change my life, and I thought that I might be a different person because of it. But I’m not different at all, if anything I am more who I was before. What I feel now is PURPOSE. I feel like the same me but with more purpose than I’ve ever felt in life. Like every role or job in my life has been selfish to some degree, and now my life has ceased to be about me, and has become about a much greater plan with much greater rewards. I am loving every moment that our little family spends together and hope that I can cherish these moments and forever look back on this incredible time in our lives.  Thanks for sharing in our joy.

30 responses to “Introducing Baby Oliver *pics*”

  1. DoggiNo says:

    Congratulations with the birth of your beautiful baby boy ! So happy to hear that everything went so smoothly. Enjoy every second with him !

  2. Shirlette says:

    Thanks for sharing your maternal thoughts! Motherhood is really a wonderful experience. I’m expecting my second in May and looking forward to meeting our new baby boy! The feelings associated with the birth of a child are indescribable. I wish for you and Spencer continued happiness. Cherish every moment together and continue to raise that lil angel in righteousness!

  3. Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful boy. What a sweetheart xxx

  4. Oh contratulations! He is just wonderful! So darling.. One of my favorite pictures from when my son was tiny is a picture of his hand placed in my husbands. Sooo very small! I love your photos. I am now imagining some wonderful BOYISH fabric designed in the future.. won’t that be nice..

  5. Congrats cute Jen & Spence! Your little guy is just gorgeous and I ::love:: the family pics – it just warms my heart! You’ve got such a beautiful family! {hugs}

  6. Margie says:

    Aww, what a sweet, beautiful baby boy! Congratulations to you and your husband. Great pictures!

  7. Stephanie says:

    Such a cutie! And great pictures.

    I also love that there is an app for timing contractions, will wonders never cease 🙂

  8. Carter Clan says:

    Congratulations! Oliver is absolutely beautiful! Great pictures of the baby boy!

  9. Alys says:

    Glad to read the story. And, glad that you had a pretty good labor. Epidurals are amazing!

  10. Shane Guymon says:

    Love the font you chose to use in the ribbons on the photos.

  11. Jen Allyson says:

    LOL Shane, I love how sentimental you are… commenting only on my font choice 😀

  12. Janell says:

    What a beautiful post! Gorgeous pictures!!! What a great addition Ollie is to the family!!!

  13. Macy says:

    Congratulations Jen & Spencer..he is SOOOOO cute!!!!!!!!! Enjoy these moments..they go by all too fast!

  14. Katherine says:

    Jen, congrats – again – to you and Spencer. Oliver is just too cute for words. Love all the photos. Thanks for sharing with us.

  15. Lorell says:

    Congrats to you and Spencer…he such a beautiful boy! It’s so cute the way he turns his top lip up…LOL! Enjoy this time with him…:)

  16. jan frandsen says:

    He is georgeous. Of course he won’t like those words. Congratulations.

  17. Kate Teague says:

    Awwwwwwwww Jen- what a great story!! He is soooo cute!!!!Congratulations!

  18. Kim War says:

    He is one of the most beautiful babies, I can’t stand how adorable he is!!! Congratulations, I bet you are an amazing mother.

    TTYS, Kim

  19. Julie Shaw says:

    I love reading your labor story! Now you can understand why your sisters love their kids so much- even when they are naughty! It’s really deep….. 🙂

  20. Emma O. says:

    Congratulations on your beautiful little boy! All these pictures are lovely and I hope you both enjoy every moment!

  21. Elizabeth says:

    Oh my goodness he is so precious!! Absolutely beautiful! Congratulations, Mama and Daddy!

  22. Sofia says:

    Congrats on your baby! I was wondering where you were. How cute are those pics? I have a good friend who is having a little boy soon too so it’s been fun shopping for a boy since all my other friends have girls. Enjoy your journey and thanks for sharing.

  23. SuiKim says:

    Jen! I just found out you had your baby and just had to say Congrats!!! He is seriously SO cute!!! You have such a beautiful family – congrats! – SuiKim

  24. Melanie says:

    Jen, he is amazing. Seriously beautiful. I’m glad you are enjoying motherhood, because it is truly the best thing in the world! I am so glad nursing went smoothly for you from the beginning, what a blessing. I hope everything is still going well as you continue to adjust your life to accommodate your new role and family member! Wish you lived closer so our baby boys could meet each other and be little buddies!

  25. Verna Nugent says:

    Oh Jen, That’s beautiful!!!!

  26. Linda Beeson says:

    My heart melts at the photos of that little man! WOW, what a gorgeous family!

  27. Toni Roberts says:

    Wow! I knew he’d be a cutie, but he is an incredibly beautiful baby. What a darling family you make. Can’t wait to meet him!

  28. Alicia King says:

    congrats on your precious baby! he’s so cute!

  29. Julie says:

    That is one of THE cutest babies I have ever seen. I have 5 kids, and am done, but YOU are making me seriously baby hungry.

  30. Marie says:

    What a beautiful child. Looking at the photos of your little family all together really grips my heart!! God Bless you all.

    Sincerely
    Marie

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