Saturday, November 9, 2013

Welcome Baby Doc!

Wow… what a couple of weeks it has been! Right on the heels of saying goodbye to our favorite Martin cat, we welcomed our son into our lives.

Baby Doc was born on Friday, Oct 18. He weighed in at 8 pounds even, and was 19 inches long. Frankly, we expected him to be closer to 10 pounds. He was almost a runt! Winking smile 

Baby Doc one day old
Labor was relatively uneventful, and went even smoother after I got that fantastic epidural! (Better living through chemistry!) Unfortunately for me, after a full day of labor (the whole process started at about 3:00 in the morning), I ended up needing to have a C-section. Surgery was uneventful – just how you want every surgery to go – and a very healthy (and loud) Baby Doc was delivered that night!

sleeping with the monkeys
He is pretty darn cute, and we think we’ll keep him!

He has been a pretty good baby… we really can’t complain too much. He doesn’t like to sleep by himself from about 11pm-3am… so Farmer Doc has been spending some quality time in the recliner with him in the wee hours of the morning.

Baby Doc and Farmer Doc
I think that vet school, internship, and residency have really prepared Farmer Doc and me for all the late nights, the middle of the night feedings, and the early mornings. We already had some serious practice in waking up in the middle of the night and having to be ready to go. Sitting up in a chair for a middle of the night feeding is nothing compared to treating a colicky horse!

happy halloween
Baby Doc was “Cowboy Doc” for Halloween… how cute is this kid?!?

Cowboy Doc
The hardest part of everything has been breast feeding. More on this to come in a future post… Suffice it to say that if I was a dairy cow, I would no longer be welcome in this herd! (I’m having some production issues. We’re trying to work through it, and giving him plenty of formula in the meantime. This kid is an eater!!)

We couldn’t be more thrilled (or in love!) to have Baby Doc finally here.

Life has changed a bit more than I expected around here, so I have gotten a lot less blogging (and cooking, and cleaning, and laundry) done than I was hoping. Baby Doc loves to be held, and it can be hard to get some “alone time” during the day!

For those of you who played “Guess the Date and Weight” with me… there were tons of great guesses. No one guessed his actual date or weight! Emiley was closest on his weight. Emiley, Jessie, and Aleta were all within one day of his birth date. So, Starbucks cards for all of them! (Email me with your mailing address and I’ll get your prizes sent off!)


  1. What an adorable little boy you have! I also had trouble with the whole milk production thing. I finally went to pumping and then feeding the girls from a bottle. Just wanted you to know you are not alone with this. I thought my "girls" would more useful, but apparently they are best just for show ;-)

  2. That's a great picture of John holding him! I do find it interesting that you always refer to him as Baby Doc and don't say his name. I actually had to ask John after he was born what his name was! He looks like a little doll baby :)

  3. Thanks for the encouragement, Lana! I'll write more about what we've been going through soon. We will keep trying for a few more weeks before we go just to formula.

  4. Carla, I want to keep his name private from my blog and social media as much as I can. Baby Doc has just stuck!

  5. I love the name Baby Doc. And I love what Lana just said "best just for show." I had that same issue. :) And I totally had that date of the 18th though my official guess was later for your contest hehe. I should have stuck with my gut instinct! :)

  6. I'll buy you a big cup of tea next time we're together. :)

  7. I'm just being a sore loser, you can ignore the whiny preggers lady. ;)

  8. Hope things are going well for you and John. I would have also been a cull cow, so I know what you mean! After several appts with a lactation consultant, a multitude of different pump flanges, changing techniques, a bout of mastitis and so on, I just accepted the fact that my kids would be supplemented with formula and do fine with that. You do all that you can and any breast milk is a benefit for baby. Best of luck!


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