Dax: 2 Months Old


2 Months Old on June 30th
Weight: 15lbs 5 oz
Height: 24.5 inches

Because of Adam's grandmother's passing we had to re-schedule

Daxton's 2 month check up about a week out. 
He was seen on Wednesday, July 9th.

I was dreading this appointment since he was going to have

to get his first 'real' round of shots.
During the appointment we also found out that he had
a little ear infection :( 
I was kind of traumatized and felt like a bad mom
for not knowing that he had that.
He was coughing a little more than usual
and had a little congestion but acted so happy still. 
Anyway, we had to get a prescription of Amoxcillian
and then I also found out he has a little case of eczema. 
I had to get a prescription of cream and a few samples
of lotion and baby body wash for him.
Eczema runs in both of our families.
My sister has had it really bad her whole life and so does
my niece on Adam's side. 
Dax has done really well considering he has an ear infection.
He is still so smiley and happy
and he didn't act super different.
After his shots that night I just wanted to hold him
and cuddle all night long.
He acted a little more fussy but he just had this screams here
and there that Adam and I thought were so sad.
Luckily that didn't last too long and he has been acting
totally fine even with this little ear infection. 

Dax is becoming so fun! 
I have really noticed in the last few weeks how much more alert he is becoming
He definitely recognizes mine and Adam's voices and faces.
In his 2nd month of life he went on two big trips.
We went to Colorado when he was 5 weeks old.
He did fantastic while driving. 
I was very worried on how that would go but he did excellent.
On our drive out to Colorado, which was 10 hours, he woke up for the first
time in Paige, AZ and again at 4 Corners, then not until we arrived
in Alamosa. 
He slept basically the entire time except when eating. 
The week we were in Colorado he was a bit off.
I think he just could tell he wasn't in his usual environment 
so he was a little more high maintenance and was up 
a little bit more through out the night. 
My mom and sister were such a huge help to me
since I was in school that whole week.
On our drive home he did well too.
We stopped in a town called Montrose
and he ate again in Grand Junction and then not until 
Richfield and then we made it home. 
He is a happy baby so I am lucky. 

Our second trip at his 2 month mark was to Bountiful

with Adam's family and to Park City, UT for my family reunion.
He did quite well to both places. 
I could tell he was a little off at Adam's family's house
because he was waking up around 2:30 and then again at like 5 a.m.
I think he was too warm sometimes.
He is definitely his father's child and likes the ac on and cool
During our stay there Adam and I had gone out to lunch together
and I came back to Dax kind of fussy with his Grandma Holden.
She sat him up and he turned to look at me and I said 'hi buddy'
and then he instantly stuck out his bottom lip and puckered
and started crying and crying.
It was the first time I think he really recognized me. 
I took him in my arms and he calmed right down. 
it was awesome. 

The other thing I have noticed this month is his 

fist to the mouth! 
It is by FAR the cutest thing I have ever seen.
He now recognizes, a little, that he has hands and arms
and so he shoves them in his mouth 
not like just a finger the whole dang fist
I can now see him do that sort of randomly and 
also when he gets really hungry. I have loved this new little development.
It's so fun that when I lay him down he no longer is wailing his arms
all over like a crazy person but he'll bring them slowly into his mouth.
He also will start grabbing, a little, his toy on his play mat. 

In this month we also bought him a little play mat with lots of toys

colors and a piano at the end that he can kick
He loves it! 
He is very content under there for at least a half hour if not longer
I am happy he is getting some stimulation and looking at colors.

He has been doing pretty well with his sleeping.

The month of June was hard because we had two trips basically
but this last week (mid July) he has started sleeping through the night. 
He has gone to bed between 9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
and then has woken up somewhere between 5-6:30 a.m.

He also has really started getting use to our night time routine.

He was one of those babies that had his 'fussy period' during the evening.
I remember Adam coming up thinking this kid always cried, but 
that phase has since passed and I am so thrilled.
Now he usually wakes up around 5:30-6 p.m. and will eat.
Then he is content and we try and keep him awake.
He will play with us and play under  his play mat.
Then I start his bath around 8-8:30 p.m. and he loves this.
I think this little routine is helping him realize it is night time.
After bath time we have his last bottle and he usually goes out 
with that very fast. I don't do a whole lot of rocking or 'putting' him to sleep.
I am also needing to try and get him to fall asleep on his own 
so he doesn't always have to rely on someone to put him down
and I also need to try the crib in the next little while.
This month so far has been so fun and I love getting to know this little guy
I also have loved his smiles and almost giggles he is doing.
It is so fun and makes me so much more in love with him. 

Dax: 1 Month Old


1 Month Old on May 30th
Weight: 12lbs 4 oz
Height: 23 inches

I can't believe our baby is 1 month already! 
I have had so much fun being home with him and 
soaking up this month with him.
Dax got blessed at his 1 month mark on June 1st! 
But a separate post of that will follow shortly! 

In the first month it was a lot of getting to know each other.
Dax has been a really great baby though.
He hardly ever fusses unless he is hungry or tried. 
He has been a good sleeper but wakes up every 2-2.5 hours to eat.
He went to Taylor's high school graduation at just 3 weeks old
and did awesome! He slept the entire time! 
He is also very happy! He is smiley periodically and will sometimes
give the biggest smiles! 
His first big smile was only when he was a few days old! 
I caught it on camera when we were sitting at the doctors office! 

I haven't done any sort of a routine with him yet really.

It has been hard to establish  much when he is unpredictable 
and so little still! 
He loves being held and cuddled 
and he has really liked his rock n play sleeper that we got him.
It vibrates and I think this really helps soothe him. 
In this month he has gone from drinking 2 ounces, 3 ounces, to 3 1/2 ounces
and then all the way to 4 ounces. He is a great eater. 
He loves his car seat and can fall asleep pretty easily.
I have had some school work I have had to do so I have
had to part with him for a few hours a day to get it done.
He has gone to my mom's but done well and 
in those short amounts of time I have missed him.
It is awesome that he'll recognize my voice and Adam's voice.
When we were at my parents house Adam was talking
on the opposite side of the couch where he was at
and his head was cranked to look towards Adams voice.

We ventured out to dinner with him when he was just a week old 
to Roy's Pizza. just Adam and I and babe. 
He slept the whole time so it wasn't scary
but it was sure fun getting out. 
Then we went to Rib Chop House with my family
and I was so nervous to go out but he did great again 

In his first month of life we had one weird situation with his belly button.
Once his umbilical cord fell off there was another little piece in there
that would not fall off. 
It protruded out like a little puss pocket looking thing and was just
weird. So I had to take him a couple times for this silver nitrate treatment.
He did not like it, but it was like a match looking stick that
we had to rub on that part of his belly button.
I did the treatment for about a week but it made his skin
black and it burned him I think so I just stopped.
That weird looking thing eventually disappeared and all is good now.

He is literally so strong! 
From about the time he was a day or two old he has been lifting that head of his.
He would lay on my chest and then crank his head up,
almost like he was trying to look up at me.
He has continued to do that and get stronger.
He isn't a huge fan of tummy time though but 
is still a strong baby so I'm not worried. 
He was born with a good head of hair but within 
a few short weeks he started to loose that cute
strawberry/blonde hair..
but he is hanging on to a patch in the back..

This month has been great with him.
We are learning every day new things that work for him or
things he likes and it just takes practice and patience
both of which I am becoming a pro at I think.
Every day I just think how crazy it is that we are parents
and this little boy is ours and we get to raise him.
What a crazy journey! 


First Few Weeks of Motherhood..

I'm finally catching up on my journal-ing.
All of these 'previous' posts have been written- I was waiting
to get my pictures uploaded.
Some things may be in past or present tense. 
I am so ready to be all caught up. 

I am beyond happy 
excited, exhausted, terrified, in love
smitten, grateful, nervous
obsessed and exhausted..
I am now a mother! 

I am so in love with our little boy
I can hardly contain  myself. 
The first few weeks being home  have been great.
Since I had a C section I was lucky
enough to have my mother in law stay at my house
to help us clean cook and take care of our dogs.
My mom was in town too so she could come over
and help me with Daxton. 

Adam got offered a new job as the superintendent/job supervisor
for Salisbury Homes and their Washington County projects.
He started this intense new job the day after we brought 
Dax home, so things have been crazy. 
I was so lucky we had extra help around the house. 

We came home on a sunny spring day on Sunday, May 4th.
My parents and my mother in law helped get us packed
from the hospital and settled in at home.
It was so nice to have the extra help.
My parents were worried about my own health
and obviously of Dax's so they took very good care of us.

Adam drove very careful home and as we pulled out of the hospital
he turned on those hazards, haha. we had precious cargo.
Needless to say it was a bizarre drive home and 
we were now an official family of 3 and were going to our home.
How crazy is that. 

We had to go to Harmons first and get my prescriptions filled. 

When we got to our house I saw a cute sign out front
with Daxton's information and cute decorations for the baby boy! 
It was so nice of Donna to do! 
I couldn't lift Dax and his carrier yet due to my C Section
so Adam carried him inside and we set him down
in his car seat still on our couch
Montana came over and we let her sniff him a little bit
She wasn't too amused but was curious.
It was an okay first meeting.
We were just trying to get settled a bit. 
My parents offered to go get us some lunch and run to Wal Mart to get a few
things that we were going to need, like the right formula etc. 
My Dad also picked up some basketball shorts for me, hahah.
He was teasing me that that is what I'm going to need to wear for a bit.
I was resistant but ultimately they were too comfy to resist. 
My mother in law was a big help in getting our dogs fed and
keeping the house clean for us. 
It was a huge blessing. 

My parents came back and we had Chilis for lunch.

and then sat around and awed over our new bundle of joy. 
He was perfect. 

My parents came back later that night and got a few more 

essentials for us. 
My dad was also persistent on me walking and getting my strength back.
So him and my mom took me for a walk around our  neighborhood.
It took a long time but I couldn't move fast at all
I was wearing sandals that barley fit because I was still swollen 
and basketball shorts and ... a lovely diaper for my post par tum bleeding :) 
The walking helped and I'm glad my dad did that for me! 

My brother and sister in law came over that night to

hold Dax and that was so sweet to see them with him.
It was fun to have visitors at home. 

Little Dax was eating 2 ounces every couple of hours. 

It was different being at home with him and getting use to 
our own surroundings with a baby! 

Our first night was a little rough.

I think Dax and I were just a little stressed 
I decided to sleep on our recliner in the living room because 
I didn't think my bed would be to comfy just having major surgery
and then I was close to everything in the kitchen.
I remember barley sleeping because I kept looking
at Dax and checking on him to see if he was breathing.
It was all consumed with thinking and worrying about him.
I remember around 3 a.m. he was not happy after
getting changed and fed and for some reason
I could not get him to calm down.
I was pretty worried. . Adam had woken up at this time
and so had his mom. 
His mom offered to take him and try and console him
and she tried a few things ultimately swaddling him and getting him
to stop crying.. 
I instantly felt this emptiness that I was not
a good mother and he did not like me.
Literally I started crying in Adam's arms, like Daxton hates me..
he doesn't respond to me or doesn't want me.
It was a really sad very real feeling at 3 in the morning..
Obviously we both got over that
and Adam's mom had to reassure me that she just swaddled him
and he just simply needed that and it wasn't me
at all.. but it still made for a rough night.

After that we got a long with our nights a little better

That very next day Adam started a new job with Salisbury Homes
So he became very busy very quickly and had a lot of changes on his plate

I had my mother in law staying with us for a week and had my

own mom and dad and siblings around too
so it made it easier to be at home.


My maternity leave was fantastic! I was able to be home for about 7 weeks.
I was so glad! 
The weeks went by way too quickly though and I was
incredibly sad. 
I loved getting to know this little incredible person
and he instantly became the joy of my life
I really loved being home and getting excited for when 
Adam came home from work and we could
stare at Dax together. 
I also had my mom come over and visit almost
every day that I was home. 
I was glad and lucky to have family so close by. 

I am now writing these a little bit later on 
and I just remember those first few weeks
trying everything and really experiencing all the newness
He was and still is such a content little guy, I'm so lucky.

I was so nervous to take him anywhere and I was so nervous
to shower or do anything even when he was sleeping.
I am glad I have grown out of that stage. 
He sure was easy and happy even at only a few weeks old. 

Here are some pictures that I took of our very first
moments at home together.

I remember this picture vivdly! We were at his first doctor's appointment
at Dixie Pediatrics- I am pretty sure he was only a few days or almost 1 week old! 
He just smiled.. and I snapped a picture at the perfect time. 
He is my happy boy! 

Going to Aunt Taylor's graduation! 

First trip up to Pine Valley!