Spencer smiles and Nate gets a Christmas bonus (ha!)

(still working on getting a picture, sorry to disappoint.)

     This morning was the first time Spencer smiled (besides in his sleep)! It was the cutest thing and I have been trying to get him to do it again all day, but no luck!
I was sitting in bed and ad him leaning back against my bent legs, I blew in his eyes a few times (meanest mom) and he closed them and opened his mouth wide and gave a big ol' smile! We repeated this 2 or 3 times before he was done with that game.
     In other news Nate got a Christmas bonus of a $1 Pennsylvania lottery scratch ticket. He won a whoppin' $4.00.
what a joke.

Christmas Eve & Christmas day.

     This year Nate had to work on Christmas day so we decided to have our big dinner on Christmas eve. Nate has become quite the chef (always has been) since Spencer was born. I get halfway through making or doing something when the baby starts crying and Nate has to take over. Christmas was no different. I got halfway through making 2 pumpkin pies (thanks for the crusts mom!) and Nate had to finish. I think he even had to make the whole peanut butter chocolate himself, he just had to keep coming to ask me if it looked right. He made ham, mashed potatoes (I peeled and cut them is all) and green bean casserole. And I got to help make 'pink stuff'. And just to brag about him a little more, on Monday he made 3 batches of cookies for us to gift to people; chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, and hershey;s kiss cookies. What a stud! And it was all amazing!
     We went for a walk afterward and even though we were bundled up it was freezing so we didn't last long! We came home and just relaxed and watched parts of a couple Christmas movies on tv. Then we opened a couple presents because I wanted Nate to wear his to bed! He wore his Santa jammies for a few hours but then decided they were too hot to wear to bed.
     Christmas day was very low key for us this year which we didn't mind at all. We opened a few presents, ate our leftovers and then Nate went to work. We were spoiled by both our families and are so thankful to all of them for even thinking of us, we missed all of them but enjoyed a nice little Christmas with our little family.

Excuse how gross we are in the following pictures:
sleepy Spence.

the chef and his meal, minus 3 pies.

wishing his parents a merry christmas :)


just wanted to show off our cute baby.

     We are so grateful to have such generous families! Thank you to all of you, we love you!

One Month Old!

December 16, 2013

the bink lasted about 2 seconds.
     I know parents always say this...but I can't believe my baby is already a month old!! Time has gone by so fast and he is already so much bigger!
At his 1 month doc. appointment he was:
9.11 lbs.
22 inches.
15 in. head.
if you've ever seen Nate yawn, it looks just like this.
     He did jump up a whole growth curve (according to a chart the doc. had) in both height and weight. We were all very pleased with his weight as he gained 2 whole pounds in 3 weeks! It was about time he started growing!
like father, like son!
     At 1 month Spencey has terrible baby acne!! Here's hoping it clears up soon! He still hates to have his diaper changed and cries and screams the whole time. He also doesn't really like to fart or poop. He doesn't like to be naked or be on his belly. And up until 2 nights ago, he REALLY didn't like sleeping in his own bed. He is still not a big fan of the bink and makes really awful gagging noises and faces if we try to give it to him.

     Now for the stuff he DOES like! He LOVES the water! Showers and baths are his favorite, even listening to running water can usually calm him down. He loves to nurse, even if he's not hungry (his mom is really not a fan of this habit). His favorite trick is waiting until his diaper is off to pee! He likes to just be held and we love that!!

     Another trick he's really great at is casting spells! But seriously, it is the funniest thing...when Spencer is asleep and we go check on him he gets spooked or something and shoots his arms up in the air really fast! Nate kept calling him a wizard and I didn't understand why until he said it when we were both checking on him sleeping. It was hilarious and he really does look like he's a wizard casting spells on us! I keep trying to get a video, but he must be on to me because he will never do it when the cameras out! ;)

     Finally, after a whole month we have gotten into a bedtime routine that has him sleeping more in his own bed and only waking up twice a night! We start getting ready for bed at 8 which includes a little bath, some lotion (this lasts about 10 seconds because he doesn't like to be naked and starts screaming), swaddling, lights off, calming music, and nursing! This puts him to sleep anytime between 8:30-9:30. If I let him sleep on me for about 5 minutes after he's done eating I can put him in his bed and he will sleep till midnight when he wakes up. At midnight we do a diaper change, reswaddle, turn the music back on, and he nurses for 30-45 min. when I can then put him back in his bed. He will then sleep till 4-4:30 when we repeat the same procedure and he will go back to sleep until anywhere between 8-10am! He is definitely his father's son with his sleeping habits!

     We love having him here with us!! I sometimes miss being pregnant and I definitely worry about him more, but we have really enjoyed him and can't wait to watch him grow!
the best we could get...

I couldn't resist...I love this cute bum!

Oma comes to Waynesboro.

November 25- December 4 my mom was in town and it was awesome!!
     When she originally mentioned coming out here we decided she better come closer to 2 weeks after my due date so that there was a better chance of baby adventure being here (we were both pretty sure I was going to go over my due date...how naive of us!)
     We had planned to have Nate pick her up since I wasn't sure how our week old baby would do in the car for 3+ hours driving to and from the airport, but something exciting happened Monday morning that changed my mind...our heater broke!! I remember waking up about 5am and being freezing!! Nate had a meeting to go to early and when he got back around 10am I told him I was still freezing! He went around and checked all the heaters and sure enough, NONE of them was working! So he called the landlords who said they'd send people over immediately so somebody needed to be there, me. Nate had a few errands he had to run so me and Spencey stayed in bed with my electric blanket on until 1pm when ALL the power was cut!! I still hadn't had anyone stop by to fill us in or check things out and I was getting really annoyed wondering if our heat was getting fixed or not. I just kept bundling Spencer and making sure he was warm enough, luckily he didn't even notice and mostly slept the whole time. Anyway, we finally heard the heat in our whole building was out and they were working on fixing it. Nate was supposed to leave around 3pm to pick up my mom and as it was getting closer and we still had no heat, I decided me and Spence were going to go too because I was freezing and didn't know when we'd have heat again!
     Of course our power and heat started working right before we had to leave! But we decided to still go and Spencer actually did really well! I brought my pump and pumped on the way there so he wouldn't be too starved. He only had a minor blowout on the way home, and silly inexperienced mom hadn't thought to pack an extra outfit so he wore poop stained jammies home. :)
     While my mom was here we spent some time visiting quilt stores and thrift stores, cooking for Thanksgiving, cooking for us, and we even went to Gettysburg one day. My mom spent a lot of time cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, and babysitting, oh and making snowflakes for our tree! It was SOOO nice and helpful having her here too! We really appreciated all the help she gave us and I'm still trying to get used to doing all that myself now! I had sure missed her and had fun just spending time with her. We can't wait for an opportunity to move back closer to our families.
     Most of the pix from her trip ended up on her camera, but here's the few I did take...and yes, I still look pregnant.
at the Gettysburg museum...this pic was for Nate with the guns and bullets.

what a cute baby! and he did so good at the museum!

cannonballs in Gettysburg.

dad and Spencer.

my mom brought me some jammies to match her.

spending time with Oma.

dad and baby.


This is what happens when Spencer's dad dresses him...

he ends up looking like he belongs to the Shriners and should be driving a little car in a parade.

What do you think?

Spencer Oren Moeller.

Thursday 11/14/13
     I had a doctor's appointment Thursday morning. We had an ultrasound estimating baby to be about 8lbs. 11oz. I don't remember his head measurement, but the ultrasound tech did say, "oh, I think you're going to want an epidural for this one." We saw the doctor as was routine and he asked if I wanted my membranes swept. I was 2 days away from my due date and thought, why not? I had pretty much prepared myself to be overdue so I thought it couldn't hurt.
     I didn't feel any different once we got home so I went for a walk hoping it might spark something. Nothing. That night I even made Nate watch some reflexology videos and massage some pressure points on my legs and feet that people say can spark labor. Nothing.

Friday 11/15/13
     All day Friday I was feeling crampy. Nothing I hadn't felt in the past few weeks so I wasn't getting too excited. I went grocery shopping and while there my sister called to tell me my nephew asked her if today was the day baby adventure was coming. It was super cute to hear, but I told her I unfortunately didn't think any time soon, I was feeling the same as I had for weeks.

Saturday 11/16/13
     I woke up at 5:11am feeling a little bit off. I went to the bathroom and tried to go back to bed but couldn't get comfortable and kept having to get back up. I didn't have contractions or anything to make me think this was labor, except that I was just getting more and more uncomfortable. Nate was supposed to work at 9am so I didn't want to wake him up for nothing. I finally got in the shower around 6:30am to just relax. The sound woke Nate up and he came to see what was going on and I finally told him "I think I might be in labor." At 7 I started having some signs that something was up but still no contractions. I finally called the midwife at 7 (I didn't want to wake her up early if this was nothing to worry about or a false alarm). She told me it sounded like the beginning of labor and to call when I started having contractions.
     Shortly after that I did start having what I assumed were contractions. I told Nate to call into work, that I was pretty sure I was in labor now. From the beginning the contractions were strong and close together. From about 9 to 11 I made Nate time them and write them down. They were consistently 3-5 minutes apart and lasted 40-70 seconds. I was still in a little bit of denial that this was the real deal so I kept putting off the call to the doctor to see if I should go in. I was scared that it was going to be false labor, or I wouldn't be far enough along and we would get sent home. I got super tired during those 2 hours and tried to just sit in my rocking chair and sleep between contractions and was somewhat successful.
     Finally around 11:30am I decided this was pretty uncomfortable and I called the doctor. While waiting for him to call back I made Nate start packing me a hospital bag. They say the on call doc will call you back within 15 minutes. After 10 minutes and still not getting a return phone call, I told Nate to screw it, we were going to the hospital now! Luckily, on the way there he called and agreed that I should come in. The hospital is about 20-25 minutes away and of course there was construction in 2 places that slowed us down! That was super obnoxious because by that time sitting was really uncomfortable.
     We got to the hospital about noon but after paper work, and waiting we didn't get to a room until 12:30 or 12:45. They had me change into their hospital gown and then get into a bed and wait for the doctor to come and check me out. As soon as I climbed onto the bed I felt a big gush. When the doctor came in I mentioned it and sure enough my water had broken! He checked me and I was already 6cm dilated. I was in quite a bit of pain and discomfort at this point, the doctor asked what I was thinking for pain relief. I had really wanted to try to do it on my own, but I was really scared at this point. I said I wanted to try some IV pain killers and he said if I thought I might want an epidural at all it was now or never. I agreed and we started getting ready for it (kind of kicking myself about it now...oh well). They had to pump a certain amount of fluid in me before they could administer it. So I didn't actually get the epidural until 3:30pm. (Looking back I wish they would have checked me prior to the epidural because I think I was ready to go at that point.)
     The epidural was a nice relief though. It calmed me down a ton and let me relax. I had heard some horror stories of epidurals and even getting them, but it was a smooth experience and I barely felt anything. The doctor then said I should be pushing in the next hour. Well there was some miscommunication between the doctor and myself so for a few hours while I was feeling the urge to push, I just sat there waiting. Finally about 4:30pm the doctor asked if I was having any urges to push and I was like yes, a ton (didn't realize I was supposed to tell them when I was feeling this :)
     Pushing was slow going, Nate was an awesome coach, sometimes doing the job of the nurse by himself :) Although I couldn't feel the pain of the contractions, I could still feel the pressure to push which was uncomfortable. My favorite part was the nurse telling me, "Oh he's a redhead!" I looked at Nate who looked so confused and shook his head and mouthed, 'no he's not!' Ha! Finally, around 5:30 the nurse told me, "you better push this baby out before 6:30 because I'm off then and I'm not spending all day with you to not have a baby here!" That actually was good motivation, because I could feel so much pressure/pain that I was holding back a little bit to try and get relief. I actually remember having the thought at one point 'if I could just suck him back in this wouldn't hurt so bad!' :)
     So telling myself I only had so much time left to get him out made me try a little harder. I was still feeling a ton of pain from his big ol' head the doctor finally said he could give me a little cut and the baby would be out on the next push, I agreed, I wanted some relief! The doctor started to tell me his shoulders might be painful to get out, but he basically fell out from there. He had the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck twice and it amazingly never made his heart beat drop or cause any other issues.
And suddenly Nate and I were parents!
We had a baby!
They set him on my stomach and the doctor said, "his cords way longer than that, move him up on her chest" It was pretty amazing to suddenly be holding MY baby!
I of course cried, as did Nate. All 3 of us cried together :)
He was born at 6:17pm
weighed 8lbs. 4oz.
was 19in. long
     My first look at him and I thought he looked just like my siblings' baby pictures. But some of the nurses agreed he looked like his dad! We had 2 names we were debating before he was born and I was hopeful that once I saw his face I would know which name he was supposed to have...WRONG! I had no idea and neither did Nate. We even debated picking a completely new name!
     We stayed in the hospital for 2 nights (not sure if that was normal, or if there was a reason we stayed 2 nights). We kept getting bugged that we had to fill out the birth certificate form. We pretty much said, ok lets just decide on one of these names! We figured Spencer was the first name we both agreed on when we learned he was a boy, so that would be it! Nate's sister Allison won our prebirth contest about how much he'd weigh and how long, so Nate told her she could have a say in naming him...luckily she picked the one we had already agreed on ;) His middle name had been decided a long time ago, he is named Oren after Nate's sweet grandpa.
We are already smitten by this little boy, and feel so lucky to be his parents!

The Keystone State.

Since moving to PA we have wondered (or maybe just me) why Pennsylvania is called the "keystone state". Well, I finally learned why, because it was the middle colony of the original 13. Kind of an anticlimactic answer, huh? But the other thing I learned was that the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were written in PA. The things I learn when I watch the news :)

Thug wife = thug life.


This is what happens when you're so huge none of your clothes fit.
You wear your husbands.

And then there's this face that's making our baby too scared to be born!