Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I love my swing!

Fighting sleep in Dad's arms

Checking out the teddy bear mobile on his swing.

Lots of interesting things to stare at.

What's that?!?

We introduced Wesley to his swing a few days ago.  The first try wasn't much of a success with lots of crying.  But, he seems to love it now.  He'll sit and stare at stuff for awhile before his eyes get so heavy that he can't keep them open anymore.  Then it's naptime.

Other news:  We don't have a picture of it yet, but Wesley can now smile in response to other people.  He does it most often when he's wide awake and staring up at you.  If you smile and make noises at him, the corners of his mouth will start to twitch.  Then, he'll launch into this huge smile that just lights up his eyes.  It was a really great feeling when he smiled at each of us for the first time.  We'll keep trying to catch it on camera.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Two weeks old

Grandpa Cowles with Wesley

Grandma Cowles with Wesley

Wesley has discovered his thumb.  I still think most of the times he gets it in his mouth are by accident, but it seems to happen more and more frequently, so maybe he has some control over it.  Now, if we can just keep his fingers out of his eye when he's got his thumb in his mouth ....

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Even more pictures

Here are some more pictures.  Sorry for the delay in putting them up.  We've been a little busy since Grandma Pataky left and I had some issues with the photo uploads.  Grandma and Grandpa Cowles are here now so we should have some more photos to share in a few days.

Wesley's first bath.  He didn't like it too much.

Well... maybe it was ok ... at least when it was over.

Sleeping with Grandma Pataky

Just one of many silly faces Wes likes to make.

Wes enjoying the blanket made by Aunt Bev.  Thanks Bev!  

It's hard to get both Cowles boys out of bed in the morning.

Friday, April 18, 2008

One Week old

It's hard to believe it's been one week already, but we celebrated Wes' one week birthday last night at 7:01pm.  I doubt the tradition will continue every week but it was fun.  Plus, I got to have a small glass of champagne for the first time in a long time.

Here are some more pictures of the little guy.  He's doing really well.  We had another doctor's visit today and he had gained 6 ounces in the last three days!  We had to take him in again because he had only gained 1/2 ounce a day on the last visit (1/2 to 1 ounce a day is normal).  They just wanted to make sure he was eating all right.  At a 2 ounce weight gain per day, I'd say he's doing just fine.

Enjoy the new pictures!

One week old!  Finally opened the champagne we bought in France two years ago.  What a good reason to celebrate!

Mom and Wes.

Grandma and Wes.  He likes being on his stomach a lot.

Stretching in his sleep.

He's starting to focus in on things better now.  Like the little blue hanging toy he's fascinated by on his activity mat.  He likes the cardinal too.  (I wonder if that means he'll be a Cardinals fan like Mom)

Sucking his thumb.  He can also fit his entire fist in his mouth.  What a talented guy!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Day 5 pictures

Enjoying NJ weather for a nice walk

Dad getting a chance to hold Wesley while he's not crying.

Mom and Wesley

What a cutie!!

What are you looking at?

Big yawn.

After the walk.  My facial expression is due to the pee that is leaking out through his diaper and soaking his sleeper as Grandma is taking the picture.

On our walk.  The trees are blooming and the sun was shining.  What a great day!

Video of Wes

Here's my first attempt to add videos to the blog.  I'm sticking to short ones for now.  It seems to takes forever for them to load.  Hopefully it will work.  Enjoy!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

More pictures

Charles with one-hour old Wesley

Comforting Wes during a checkup

Checking out Mom

Morgan is curious about the new addition to the family.

I forgot to add some other pictures of us with the baby.  Enjoy!

Lil Cowles has Arrived!

After much anticipation, Wesley Charles Cowles has finally decided to explore the world outside Mom's tummy.  The doctors decided he needed a little encouragement and we went to the hospital for an induction on Thursday, April 10th.  By 9:15am, labor had started.  Unfortunately, Wesley was turned in the wrong direction (head down as expected but turned towards the front instead of towards Mom's back).  With his head pressing up against Mom's spine, extremely painful and constant back labor in combination with the normal timed contractions ended up being too much for me.  By 2:30, I was 7cm dilated and calling for an epidural.  Even our doula agreed that I probably wasn't going to make much head way with that much pain.  45 minutes later (it felt like MUCH longer), I was pretty much pain free.   By 4:45pm, I was completely dilated and started pushing.  At 7:01pm, Wesley was out and taking his first breath.  Weighing in at 9lbs 15oz, he's a pretty big boy.  His other important measurements at this point if you're curious are 21.75in long and 14in head circumference.

Both baby and I were given good health assessments and were allowed to leave the hospital after only one night.  We all thought we'd get more sleep at home in our normal bed.  So, by Friday night at 9pm, our new family was home.  The first night was pretty rough until we figured out the house was too cold for the little guy.  Now we're really starting to get our routine down and Mom and baby are getting better at the whole breastfeeding thing.  We took our first walk (only about six blocks total) yesterday afternoon while the weather is still warm enough (it was 70+ yesterday but is supposed to go back to the mid-50s today).  And, we had a much better night last night in regards to feedings and sleep.

Grandma Pataky arrives tonight for a week long visit.  Grandma and Grandpa Cowles will be here for the next week.  Other visits are in the works from other family and friends over the course of the next few months too.  So, despite being far from most family, Wesley is going to get to meet a lot of new people pretty quickly.

Enjoy the pictures!  We'll try to add lots more in the coming days.