Thursday, April 28, 2011

One Week...

I can't believe a whole week has already gone by since I had Cullen!
The birthing process is seriously amazing and like my husband said, if you didn't believe in God before experiencing the miracle of birth you certainly would after. 
I will never, ever forget that day. 
Hands down...
best.day.of.my.life.
I know billy feels the exact same way.
It's like our life together feels complete now.
Before Cullen it was as if something was missing.
Billy and I have wanted a family for years.
We didn't even care about being married first.
I actually found out I was pregnant right after our wedding.

The love we have for our baby boy grows more and more every day.
I have never just looked at someone and cried because the love I have just over powers me.
Life has changed for us, for the very best! 
I couldn't be happier and more proud to finally be a Mommy!
AND Billy is the best Daddy ever!!
He helps me with anything and everything whenever he is home.
He has had to work a bit every day and we really miss him when he's away.
My Mom has been helping us a lot, she took a week off of work and has been making us meals and spending hours visiting with us every day/evening.

Happy one week Birthday to our precious little Culley Bear!


because everyone loves baby feet...
and toes...
Your Momma and Daddy Bear will always love you baby Cullen!

BABY STATS

Sleep:  Cullen has no real sleep patterns right now.  I'd say he sleeps around 20 hours a day/night.

Hair:  was very blonde when he was born and is getting darker every day.  for some reason it appears kind of redish in these pics.

Eyes:  dark blue and changing every day, today they look almost navy.

Feed:  Nursing is going really well.  We gave Cullen a pacifier on Tuesday night and he slept like a champ although feeding seemed more difficult on Wednesday.  That might be because of the paci.  I'm debating whether or not to continue giving it to him.  
I think I will start pumping next week.

Weight:  At birth he was 6 pounds 14 ounces.
He dropped 6 ounces by the time we left the hospital and he is now weighing 7 pounds 3 ounces.

Length:  Last checked he was 19 and 3/4 inches 

Milestones: Becoming more and more alert.  I love when I'm holding him and I talk, he just stares at me.  If Billy starts talking he turns his head and just stares at him. 
Cullen also seems really strong for a little guy, he is pretty good at controlling his head/neck himself.  

MOMMY STATS

Pre-Pregnancy weight: 115
Day of delivery weight: 153 (estimated)
Current weight: 136
Weight to go: 21 pounds

38 week picture:

Today:

I am for sure hormonal and emotional.  I cry easily and little things make me sad.  I hope this passes quick, I don't feel like not feeling like myself.  I only cried a couple times while pregnant and I've already cried a handful of times since last week.
I need to start writing up the birth story while it's still fresh in my mind.

We have newborn pictures today!!
The girl will be over soon to take the pics :)

BTW, I was only able to type this all up on Thursday evening because my parents were over :)
I am so THANKFUL for all their help and support.
We watch Survivor and have dinner every Thursday night.

59 comments:

The LaJeunesse Family said...

Culley Bear is perfect and Mama bear looks amazing! :)

Lil' Woman said...

He's so handsome...I'm so happy for you and Billy...he is precious!

{N} Jones said...

Keep the pictures coming of that sweet, sweet baby! Makes me even more anxious for ours to come :) He's such a little cutie pie. Girl, you look faboulous! I am sure the weight will come off in no time for you. So glad to hear nursing is going well for you. That's one of my biggest fears right now. It's ok to cry and be emotional right now, God just gave you the best gift EVER! Take care hun!!

April said...

Awww ... such a sweet lil' man! And he is already so well-dressed! Adorable outfits!! You look AMAZING, girl!!

carrie1 said...

Annie you look fabulous!!!

And little Cullen is too cute! Is he going to be a ginger, or is that from his jaundice?

J and A said...

Love these pictures! So glad you guys are doing well! :) He is so precious. Hugs.

Megan said...

You look great Momma! Cullen is so darn adorable. Sounds like you are all doing great! Those first few weeks are tough, so don't worry I am sure you will be yourself in no time :)

{Selma} Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

Ohmygoodness he's such a cutie pie. Love all of these pictures Annie. And girl, you look amazing already!! :)
Hugs to all three of you!

xoxo

Suzanne said...

How freakin cute is your family! I am so happy for you :) I even teared up a little bit while reading this. Congrats, Momma! I hope things continue to go well with your little cutie, Cullen!

SG to SP said...

He's so cute and you look great for being only a week post giving birth!! Can't wait to see the newborn pics!

Tiffany said...

you look amazing as always. :) baby cullen is going to be a heart breaker when he gets bigger.

Mrs. Stethoscope said...

He is adorable, E's hair always turned out redish in her newborn pics too, but its not.

You look great.. if your nursing the weight will come off easy don't sweat it. I gave E a paci.. and had a bit of nursing difficulty for two days after but then she was fine.. nursed great, and also takes a paci

Roxy said...

All the cliches about parenthood are true, aren't they? :)

We never gave our son a paci b/c I figured it was one less thing we had to worry about weaning later on. I had an awful time nursing. Lansinoh didn't cut it for me. My situation needed prescription cream. But I stuck in there and it was so worth it.

Don't worry too much about the weight. It'll all come off in time. I gained 50 lbs with my first pregnancy and still managed to get down to my fighting weight. Besides, mommy needs fat to make milk for the baby!

Kristen said...

Cullen is too cute! The picture with his little tiny shoes just makes me smile!

You are looking great for being 1wk post partum, lucky!

Enjoy every minute!

undomestic chica said...

Oh Annie, I know I've said it before but Congratulations! He is so adorable, and I just know you guys will be the best parents ever to little Cullen. Enjoy this time because as exhausting it is, it goes by FAST!

Perfectly Imperfect said...

You already look great Mama! Don't worry about the weight.. The way you work out it will be gone in no time.

Your blog is giving me serious baby fever right now....

MrsB said...

he is so adorable. you look beautiful.
happy (original!) due date. i'm still here ... with an inside baby. :)

Gwen said...

Awe Annie he is precious!!! I love his little baby feet and gorgeous blue eyes!!! Congrats again my dear!

californiadreamin said...

Awww keep the pics coming. You look fabulous btw! Oh and the crying? oh Lawwwrdy, I was a ball of emotions for the first month or so.

Lauren said...

He is perfect and you look amazing. You are making me so jealous, I can't wait for baby to come! Enjoy this time with Cullen!

melifaif said...

Get use to the crting thing...I was NEVER a crier before becoming a mommy, but now...pfft!!! I cry at any.ole.thang!!!! ;-) He sure is a sweety and you sure are tiny...tummy is sure to shrink right away! Good luck...

ty said...

Oh my goodness, I just want to eat up those toes. SOOOOOO cute.

And you look GREAT!!

Teenage Bride said...

You are looking wonderful!!! And Cullen is so sweet.

I cannot wait to experience the birth of our daughter come August. I am so happy your family is complete now!!!!

Jamie said...

He's adorable and you look great!

Ashley said...

What a sweet post! I can't believe it's already been a week! He is so precious! The baby feet pictures are just the CUTEST! You look awesome too!

Laura said...

Congratulations!

I was not ready for the overflow of emotions the first 2-3 weeks after my son was born in January. I cried over EVERYTHING, and it wasn't just crying, it was BAWLING. :\ It disappeared after about the 3rd week or so, though, thankfully.

Your little guy is adorable. I had a c-section, and when I got home, I had 15 lbs. to lose yet. The first 3 weeks, I lost all but 10 lbs, and now I'm down to 3...almost 4 months after. You'll lost it quick! :)

Laura said...

*lose it quick...sorry, typo! ;)

p.e.v. said...

I'm a new reader/follower and I picked the perfect day to start reading! CONGRATS on Cullen! He's adorable! You look great! :)

Erica @ All About Aleigha said...

He is absolutely adorable and you look great. I had the "baby blues" after having Aleigha & within a week or 2 it was gone. I cried at the drop of a hat. So you are not alone but hopefully it will be gone soon for you!

Colleen said...

He is just beautiful! I'm so happy for you! Congratulations.

You are SO brave to put up post-partum pics. I took a picture every week I was pregnant, but After that, my midsection didn't appear in another picture for weeks. Maybe I won't be so chicken next time.

And the crying thing, yeah. I'm 7 months post partum (but still BFing a lot, which effects it), and I still cry at the drop of a hat.

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

Awww... so teeny tiny!! Precious!!

Melissa said...

Cullen is adorable and you look AMAZING, especially for only being 1 week post-partum!

Raven said...

Your little babe is to die for!! Preciousness. and that hormonal thing? Where you cry all the time? totally normal. Happened to me with both my kids, and only lasted about a week, then I was back to normal :)

Llama said...

You look absolutely gorgeous sweetie! I am so so happy to hear how well Cullen in doing and how happy he is making you and your family! I love loove that pic of your hubby and Cullen! SWEEEET!

ajs {of MN} said...

your post makes ME want to cry!! you are looking great, baby is precious and i am SO happy for you and your family!! {tear}

XO!
A

Katie said...

Congratulations!!! He is so handsome and you look amazing!! I think it's so great that you're writing all these memories and stats down- one of my biggest regrets is that I didn't start blogging until Spencer was one and I only wrote in her baby book. I wish I had written down all the little things I was feeling and the daily changes she was making, things that aren't part of a standard baby book. Can't wait to hear the birth story!

Mrs EyeCanSee said...

Glad you were able to pop in and share some pictures of your beautiful baby boy!

CMae said...

And how is your other baby doing aka Gus? is he confused? Okay with his new baby brother Cullen? You shared a picture of him sitting by Cullen in a carrier he looked like a happy dog!

I think you look terrific, you are very lucky to have your parents around to help you!!!!

Jen said...

Aww he is so so cute! And you look fantastic!

Demetrius' mommy. said...

You look great!, seriously 1 week post
Partum? You look freaking fabulous!
You have a cute little waist
I'm jealous! you will be back In no
Time.
Cullen is so adorable I just want to
Hold him! I loooove newborns
He is just so cute !!
Every picture of him I'm just saying "awwww Oh my gosh how precious!"

Well congratulations to you and billy
You have one of the cutest babies
I have ever seen!

Meg said...

You look incredible so does the baby and Billy. I <3 your little family.

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

He is so adorable! I've been seeing the photos on facebook and he's such a cutie! Congrats to both of you!

Megan said...

Such a beautiful post! Cullen is absolutely gorgeous and you look wonderful, mama!

Megan said...

Girl you are looking good!!! I had the baby blues pretty badly. Feel free to chat with me about it if you need to!! Cullen is adorable!!

Courtney said...

I can't wait to experience having my first child!!! It brings chills to hear how you feel! I long for that!

French Lover said...

I was in Thailand on my honeymoon last week so I couldn't say : congratulations !!! Baby C is SO precious ! And you look absolutely amazing !
Bisous !

Mitzi G. said...

He is such a cutie pie & you look great; the weight will come off in no time at all & the baby blues will soon pass as well. You have been through & are going through a lot & your body, heart & mind will all be on the same page soon enough & your emotions will be back to normal in no time at all!!

Lea Liz said...

Cullen is so cute!!!! Happy 1 week to him!! Enjoy it, it goes by faster than you can think!!!

You look great girl!!!!!!!

Lindsey said...

He is so precious!!!!!

Tatiana said...

he is such a cutie!
The first post partum weeks, I was crying ALL THE TIME! I was starting to worry about PPD. thankfully it went away. Those hormones can really mess with you.

Lana said...

I know what you mean about crying...I was like that! I felt completely fine in the hospital but for those first couple of weeks, I would cry over anything and everything. You will start feeling back to normal though! You look GREAT and Cullen is PRECIOUS!!

MJ said...

Such precious pictures! I can't wait to see the newborn pics :)

Suzy said...

Hang in there Momma, the first couple of weeks are the toughest!

Ali said...

you look amazing!! keep the adorable pictures coming!

Kristin said...

Enjoy your bundle of joy. He is a precious gift from God, and I echo your sentiments wholeheartedly regarding belief in a higher being and creation/birth. So amazing. You look great, and I'm sure you'll be back to your happy self soon! Hang in there and accept all the help you can get, so you can focus on your baby and getting as much sleep as possible! :)

Kim said...

Amen sista, God is Wonderful and will bless you beyond measures if you just believe girl!! Ha!! ..I can't get over how ADORABLE he is! You look great to have just had a baby for only a week. You'll be back to yourself emotionally & physically in no time . Hold your head up and stay positive! Enjoy baby Cullin while he's tiny, they truly grow right before your eyes! Didn't realize how true this was until I looked at my son & realized he'll be 3 this year! CRAZY!

Annie said...

I totally agree that childbirth and labor is the most AMAZING thing ever....seriously a miricle! Cully is the cutest thing ever. I am so happy to hear that you are adjusting to being a mommy so easily!!

Dana said...

He is beautiful Annie!!! And you look great for having just given birth!!! Childbirth is the most amazing thing ever. I was pretty emotional the first few weeks after I had my son also and it does go away. I just felt that overpowering love for my son and I couldn't help but teary eyed every time I held him or looked at him. Glad everything is going so well for you!

Lori said...

I was extra emotional the first month but then after that I was back to myself, I would say even better than myself pre pregnancy!! It will come soon! I think the messed up schedule does not help either.
The beginning part of this post gave me chills all over. You descibed the love of your child so amazingly!!

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