Monday, July 1, 2013

{Turning One}

A few weeks ago we celebrated your FIRST birthday! I cannot believe you are now a one year old. Some say you are no longer a "baby", but now a "toddler", you will always be my baby.



We celebrated your birthday at the house with all of our friends and family. You loved all the attention and definitely enjoyed smashing your cake. The theme of your party was pink and orange. All of the decorations and your outfit matched, I had so much fun making them all. 



Now that you are one you are doing all sorts of fun things. You are now drinking whole milk, no more formula. You are eating table food, you pretty much eat what mom and dad eat. You are a super fast crawler and are working on your walking skills. You hold on to chairs, walls, the couch and walk around confidently. The day before your first birthday you took two steps by yourself. Since then you have not walked without holding on, however you will walk you bike all the way across the living room. I believe walking is just a short time away.

We have all sorts of fun, you love peak a boo under the covers, you think it is one of the most funniest things ever. You laugh so hard sometimes. Right now your stacking toys seem to be your favorite. You love shaking them and putting them inside one another. You also enjoy your bike, you like to scoot around the living room on it.

As always we cannot wait to see what the up coming  year has in store. It is awesome watching your grow. We love you so much!

Love,

Mommy and Daddy 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

How quickly you are growing up...

I can not believe how quickly you are growing up... you are 10 months 2 weeks. Your first birthday is quickly approaching. You have such a little personality of your own, I love it! Your newest skill is walking around the couch holding on and lots of babble. Your most used words are "ba-ba-ba", "da-da-da" and my favorite "ma".

A few months ago I decided to take a leave of absence from work to spend more time with you. I was missing you terribly when I was at work and it was making things very stressful. My time home with you has been wonderful and means the world to me. My leave of absence ends in June, that is when we have to make the decision if I will be returning or not. I am hoping and praying to be able to stay home with you has much as possible.























Nine Months
Using tables and chairs to shuffle around
Crawling as fast as you can
Climbing on the stairs
Your top teeth have started to poke through
Sleep 12 hours a night
Exploring table foods
Enjoy looking at books and flipping pages
Dancing to beats, you hear music and start bopping up and down



















Eight Months
Pulling up to everything
Perfected your crawling form
Got your first teeth (bottom two)
Sleeping through the night
Nursing once a day
Love to eat cereal and other baby foods
Enjoy bouncing in your exersaucer
Like to play peek-a-boo
Clapping you hands
Picking up toys while standing

 





Seven Months
Pulled up to standing position for the first time
Started sleeping through the night
Eating pureed fruits and vegetables
Nursing and formula
You love playing with blocks
Attached to your wubba nub lamb and bear pacis
Sitting up playing with toys
Started using sippy cup with water
Like to make growling noises






Mommy loves you!!!


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Your "half" birthday - 6 Months

You are going to be six months this week, it is your half birthday! The past few months have been bittersweet. I had to go back to work when you were four months. It has proven much harder than I anticipated. You started going to Wee Walker's daycare. This is where your cousin Jacob and Brittany went when they were little and your cousin Brian is there with you now.

I love watching your daily changes... I try to soak them up as much as I can. You are advancing so fast, every day you are doing something new.

Three Months
Rolling from both sides
Discovered your feet and really enjoy sucking on your toes
You love your jungle play mat

Helping mommy with laundry - 3 months



















Four Months
Started sleeping on your tummy (rolling over by yourself)
Laughing out loud
Discovered your hair, you like to rub your head (especially when your tired)
Chewing and pulling on toys

Trick or treating at mommies work, you were a cabbage patch kid- 4 months




















Five Months
Getting up on all fours and rocking back and forth
You love singing "patty cake" and "head, shoulder, knees and toes".
Able to put paci in your mouth on your own
Like to talk and babble to mommy and daddy
Started vegetables and cereal


You are a incredible blessing, I can not get over how amazing you are. You are the light in my eye. I love that we are both learning and growing together every day. Your smile brightens my life.

Love,

Mommy


Monday, August 27, 2012

Watching you grow - 2 months new

Time is flying by, you are 2 months, 10 weeks to be exact. It has been wonderful being at home with you and  watching you grow. Not only physically, but developmentally too. You have such a little personality now. It is great waking up to you and your precious smile in the morning, you are always so happy to see your dad and I. You also have a lot to talk about these days, you like to carry on a conversation with coos and other baby babble.



You had your 2 month doctor appointment 2 weeks ago. Dr. Singh gave you 2 shots, which made mommy really sad. You cried so hard and then you were over it. I thought it was going to be a lot worse, but you did so good. You will get the rest of your shots in 2 weeks. At your appointment you weighed 10 lbs 13 oz and were 23 1/4 long.


Bath time has become better, you seem to enjoy them. The most exciting development for mom and dad is that you appear to have your days and nights sorted out now. You are going to bed earlier and waking up only once or twice during the night, then waking up when mom and dad are. Before this you were quiet the night owl, wanting to stay up till 11 pm and then sleeping during the day.



Milestones
7/19 - 5 weeks rolled from your tummy to back (left side)
7/27 - 6 weeks started smiling
7/30 - 7 weeks cooing and talking
8/13 - 9 weeks finding hands and putting them in mouth

You are a wonderful blessing!



Friday, June 29, 2012

Your Arrival

Mommy started to have strong contractions on June 11th (the day of your mom and dad's one year wedding anniversary). Around 8:00 PM daddy and I  headed to St. Joseph Hospital, we first were taken to triage to confirm that  I was actually in labor. They midwife agreed that I was in the onset of labor, 3.8 dilated and contractions were 3-4 minutes apart. The doctor also agreed and we were admitted. Unfortunately things did not progress very fast from there, your dad and I spent a lot of time walking up and down the hallways trying to get things going. The plan was to have a natural delivery.

Mommy relaxing, before all of the excitement took place.

The morning of June 12th we met with one of the doctors and they suggested that breaking my water could help things along. Your dad and I agreed that this would be a good decision due to the amount of time it had been and little progression. Breaking the water did bring on strong contraction and some dilation. I was having severe back labor at this point, but was determined to bear through it. Your dad and I did more walking and labor techniques to try and get through it. Later in the afternoon we were presented with the option of Pitocin and drug that can help speed up labor. We agreed at the time that we needed to explore this route since things were not progressing and the pain was getting worse. Pitocin did speed things up as we were told, but it was still not a "fast" progression. Later that evening I was dilated to 6  which we were very excited about. With being in labor for almost 24 hours my body and yours were starting to feel the effects. Your dad and I discussed what was going to be the best option for all of us. That is when we decided that a epidural may help get over the hump we were at. The epidural did ease some of the pressure and allowed me to relax some. However, I was still having back labor the doctor said this was due to you being face up.

Very early in the morning on June 13th we had exciting news, I was dilated to 8, only 2 more and it would be time to push. Your dad and I were very excited. We continued to do more labor techniques to help with the progression of labor. Your heart was having random heart dips and I had broke a high fever. The resident on call came and checked me and stated that I was back to 6 and my cervix was swollen. Your dad and I knew this was not a good thing. We tried to stay strong and waited to hear from the doctor to confirm that this was actually the case. The doctor check me and agreed that labor was digressing and with the fever I was (that in return was due to a infection) and the heart dips you were having it was time to make a plan. The doctor gave us a option to try to another hour or have a c-section. He highly recommend that we not wait any longer due to the condition of you and I. It was a very emotional decision for me and your dad, but we knew we had to do what was best for your health, so we agreed that a c section was going to be the best option. 

During this whole time you had a lot of people anticipating your arrival, grandmas, grandpas, your aunt and uncle were all waiting in the waiting room with word of when you were going to arrive. Your daddy was the one that explained to them the situation and the a c-section would be performed within the next 30 minutes. All of our family came into see us before we went to the operating room. It was nice to know they were all there for us.

Once in the OR I thought I would be a lot more scared than I was. Having your dad by my side and knowing you were going to be the end result of the surgery helped me get through it. The procedure itself was less than a hour total, you were born on June 13, 2012 at 9:48 AM. You weighed 7lbs 12oz and were 22 inches long.  As soon as you came out they had to take you to the NICU team that was standing by in the OR to evaluate you due to the fever and infection. Mommy did not get to see you right away, but daddy went over and took pictures of you and showed them to me as the doctors finished up the surgery. The emotions that overcame me were indescribable, after all this time you were finally here and were perfect in every way. Once the NICU team did their initial evaluation they brought you over to me so that I could see you in person. I now know what every mother talks about when they speak of having children, it is the most powerful experience ever. After our moment of bonding you and daddy went to the NICU and I went to recovery. It was hard not to be with you for the 2 hours that I was in recovery, but dad kept you company and made sure everything was okay.







Finally later that afternoon we were reunited! We got to go to the mother baby unit as a family. As they wheeled us down the hallway from recovery they played a lullaby to signify your birth. We spent 4 days in the hospital after you were born. This was due to the antibiotics we both had to take within a certain time span and also due to mommy having a c-section. The nurses were all so helpful and gave mommy and daddy lots of tips on how to care for you. On June 16th we were released from the hospital. Taking you home felt surreal, it was something I had been dreaming of since we first found out we were expecting you.





We are coming up on just over two weeks now since you were born and are learning more and more about you everyday. Your dad and I look forward to watching you grow, you are such a blessing to us!

Love,

Mommy and Daddy






Tuesday, June 5, 2012

40 Weeks - Today is the "due" date...

Well, today is your due date. The past couple of days I have had some contractions, but nothing consistent. Last night your dad and I went for a walk around the neighborhood which led to a series of skipping and jogging. Apparently skipping and jogging doesn't induce labor, none the less it must have been a funny for any on looking neighbors. 


We just got back from the doctor and I am dilated to 3. Which is more than last week so things seem to be progressing. The doctor successfully stripped my membranes today and said there is a 50/50 chance it will help induce labor within the next 24-48 hours. If things don't progress in the next week, we have a appointment scheduled for next Tuesday where they will monitor you for signs of stress and level of amniotic fluid. If there is concerns they will induce that day. If everything looks okay, they will wait a schedule a induction later in the week. I have my fingers cross you decide to come on your own.


40 Weeks - Clothing is limited at this time, disregard this is the same shirt I had on in the last post :o)
As much as I want to meet you I keep trying to remind myself to just enjoy this special time. It is absolutely amazing to think that I have a full grown baby in my belly and that at any moment that will be changing. Right now all I really care about is that you are healthy.


I feel like we are prepared, the house is in order and we have everything else in line. Work has graciously allowed me to work from home until you arrive. Then I will go on maternity leave and have 16 weeks to  devote to bonding with you and learning how to be a mommy.  Now it's just waiting for you to decide when you are ready.


How far along: 40 weeks
Total weight gain: about 34 pounds
Maternity clothes: Yes… over the belly maternity jeans and sweat pants are most comfy 
Sleep: I get up a couple time during the night, anxious about your arrival.
Stretch marks: Nope!
Best moment of the week: Knowing we are soo close to meeting you!
Miss anything: My waist and sleep
Movement:  Lots of hard movement still, I am convinced you are out of room.
Food Craving: Chocolate/vanilla twist cone dipped in cherry from dairy queen...yummy!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Yes, eating too much. Small portions are my friend, but I always want more!
Have you started to show yet: Yes, there is no question about it, I am pregnant.
Gender: Girl  :o) 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

39 Weeks - Anxiously Awaiting

Today was our 39 week appointment. I am dilated to 1.5 and we are anxiously awaiting your arrival. The doctor stripped my membranes today, which can help get things going. She said it's about 50/50 sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't. I just can't wait to have you in my arms. I think you are tired of being in my tummy too because you have been moving like crazy.




I went through a nesting phase over the weekend and we got a ton of stuff done around the house. The past couple of days I have been feeling very tired and have had bouts of nausea. I have been told that these are good signs that labor is coming on, I am really hoping so. Our next appointment is on your due date June 5th, it will be interesting to see if we make it till then :o)


How far along: 39 weeks
Total weight gain: about 33 pounds
Maternity clothes: Yes… over the belly maternity jeans and sweat pants are most comfy 
Sleep: I was up five times last night :o(
Stretch marks: Nope!
Best moment of the week: Knowing we are getting closer to meeting you.
Miss anything: My waist and sleep
Movement:  Lots of hard movement. You are getting stronger and like to push your arms and legs outwards.
Food Craving: Chocolate/vanilla twist cone dipped in cherry from dairy queen...yummy!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Yes, eating too much. Small portions are my friend, but I always want more!
Have you started to show yet: Yes, there is no question about it, I am pregnant.
Gender: Girl  :o)