Saturday, February 16, 2019

One Week Old Photography

We survived the first week with a newborn!!  Beatrix is really sweet, but honestly taking care of a newborn is so hard.  I just have to remind myself in the middle of the night that the first week is the hardest and that if we can make it through that we can make it through this next week as well.
I feel like the first few nights were easier than the rest of the week.  Nursing got harder and more painful and she seemed to want to be up more at night.  I'm hoping nights will start to get better as time passes.  We still can't really get her to sleep anywhere but in someones arms.  I know that if I just wait a month or two that will pass as well.
I had to work hard to get her to sleep in her basket for these pictures.  Everyone else is at church so I had at least a good two hours to get these pictures done.
Bob had a work thing last night and so it was the first time I felt on my own with the kids for dinner and bed time.  Actually, bob made dinner before he left, so we just had to eat and clean up and then get the kids to bed.  The older kids did amazing!  Beatrix cried a significant amount of time, but everyone was so helpful it worked out.  We all cleaned up the kitchen while one child held Beatrix.  She was fussy, but I knew she wasn't hungry, and she was being held so I didn't feel neglectful.  Then I went and fed her again while the kids did the last bits of cleaning.  Lastly the kids took turns holding Beatrix while watching TV and I took a shower.  It was great!  They were then able to pretty much put themselves to bed.  I love having older kids to help out.
I think everyone is adjusting well to having a newborn in the family.  I was concerned about Calista but she seems just fine.  She loves Beatrix and is always saying "baby" and pointing at her.  Calista is really a daddy's girl these days and Bob has been spending lots of time with her.  I'm hopeful that she will still be ok when he goes back to work in a week.
 Newborn yawn. 
This is really such a difficult but special time for our family.  Having a baby really forces everyone to bond together.  I'm excited to see how our family dynamic changes as Beatrix gets older.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Beatrix Valentines Photography

Happy Valentines Day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Baby Beatrix

I spent the past nine months making a baby!  Introducing Beatrix Dot Woestman.

I wanted to do things a little different this time around so I didn't post on any social media that I was pregnant.  I'm not sure exactly why, I just felt a little more private about this baby and it felt right not to share.  Now that she is here I'm dying to show everyone how cute she is.  Here is her first selfie, we took it while hanging out at the hospital after she was born.
Another thing I wanted to do differently was labor and delivery.  A home birth was on my mind but it would have been very difficult here in Japan.  The base does not do them, so I would have had to find my own Japanese midwife and then deal with all the insurance and citizenship info because she would have been born off the US base.  Bob also did not like the idea.  So instead of pursuing that Beatrix was born at the hospital but with as little medical help as possible.  I saw a midwife throughout my pregnancy and had a completely drug free delivery.  Which was a first for me.

It actually went really smooth.  I woke up to my first contraction at six am Saturday morning.  I was unsure but Bob decided to come home from work pretty much right when he got to work (he left just before six).  A friend came over and babysat all day.  The kids were so excited for me to have the baby and for the babysitter to come over.  We got to the hospital around nine, and Beatrix was born at 11:30 am.  She came just a couple days after her due date and on the one day I had plans to go to a concert, but that was ok.  It was actually really nice to have a baby over the weekend.  The hospital was empty.
The kids all got to come to meet her on Sunday morning on their way to church.  It was such a precious moment.  Everyone was so excited.

Our hospital stay was just fine.  I prefer our old not Naval hospital.  It was strange having young naval corpsman guys do a lot of what I was used to a nurse doing.  It really seemed like they didn't want to be there and could care less about this job they were doing.  Not a big deal though.

Beatrix and I didn't have any complications and I felt like we were ready to go home just an hour or so after birth.  Unfortunately we had to stay the full 24 hours, which is just a pain because they keep coming in what felt like every minute to take our temperature and blood pressure etc.
When it was time to go Beatrix was not happy to get buckled into her carseat.  But once she was all settled she did great and didn't mind it at all.  We haven't gone in the car since but I'm hoping she will like to ride around.
I took these sweet pictures of her when she was only two days old.  Right now she is pretty much just a sleepy little squish ball who loves to be held fed and wrapped up tight and I love it.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

eShakti FX on Amazon and Discount

eShakti FX is now on Amazon!  Whoop Whoop!  I do a lot of Amazon shopping, so this is exciting for me.

eShakti is also offering a 30% discount code now.  Check it out.

Promo code: 30FXONAMAZON

Validity: Until 2/17/2019
Promo link (with promo code auto-applied):

Friday, February 1, 2019

Penelope's 8 Year Video

The last video of the kids yearly compilations was Penelope's eight-year-old video.  It probably would have been much easier if I did each video right after their birthday instead of waiting until the end of the year to get the majority of the work done.  I'll try to do better this year.  Enjoy.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Tucker's 10 Year Video

I finished Tucker's ten year old video and I still can't believe that Tucker is eleven.  Check it out!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Scarlett's 6 Year Video

I also finished Scarlett's six video.  It really feels great to not be behind on these.  I spend hours going through videos and putting things together.  It is a ton of work but I love looking back at the old videos so I know all my hard work is paying off.