Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Best Daddy Ever!!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Anything Can Happen.

So here's something crazy for y'all to ponder. Tomorrow marks the 2-year anniversary of Andrew's and my first date. Only 2 years!!! And we have a kid together. It's crazy!

Time to reminisce: Two years ago tomorrow, Andrew showed up at the Daisy House door with a pink rose in hand and a card that said he felt priviledged to be able to spend the evening with me. We went to dinner at Il Vicino and then to a WSU basketball game. At the game he put our coats behind my chair just so he could put his arm around me (how movie-like is THAT?!). We talked and talked in his car as we waited for the parking lot to empty, and when we returned back to the Daisy House, we prayed night prayer with Jose and Lisa. I remember writing in my journal that night "I think I just went on a date with the man I'm going to marry."

5 months later we were engaged.
9 months after that we got married.
9 months after that we had Baby Amelia.

Isn't is great how God works?

I guess what I'm saying is that if any of you are in that spot when you're wondering if it's ever going to happen for you... just be patient, because it can happen REALLY FAST!

Love & Hugs!

Thursday, February 22, 2007

The little snorer next to me...

Mia is asleep right now so hopefully there's time to blog a quick update...

So last evening/night Andrew and I may have experienced Amelia's first bout with colic. She was barely consolable the entire evening and much of the night. I'm seriously hoping this is not the beginning of a three month long run with colic because I'm not sure if I can stand to see her cry that much. It's so much sadder now that she has her tears.

Other than her sudden crankiness, things are going well. She actually enjoyed a walk in her baby sling yesterday and it was great that I got to get out of the apartment for awhile as we walked to get the mail. Plus, when daddy got home, the three of us took a walk around the lake and Mia got a great nap in her stroller. She loves the motion and sounds of her stroller.

Lastly, I'm discovering that at this point in Mia's childhood, it's nearly impossible to get a lot done around the apartment. She loves to be held all the time, and unless I can get 30 minutes or so of really good sleep out of her, it's pretty impossible to get a lot of stuff done around here thus far. I'm sure this is something that will come with time... both when I'm more comfortable putting her down and when she's more comfortable being put down.

Anyways... that's the update for today. I miss you all much! Please leave me a comment!!!

Monday, February 19, 2007

Welcome to the Family!

This weekend Mia became the newest little Catholic! She was baptised after 5pm Mass on Saturday evening and she did such a great job!!! She slept through all of Mass and barely cried at all during her baptism. She didn't even seem to mind the water being poored over her little head. Our little girl is now part of the Catholic family! YEAY!

Her Grandma Bright (Oma) added Amelia's embroidered name to Andrew and his two sisters' batismal gown and she got to wear it for her baptism. She looked so pretty.

So many of her family and friends were there to welcome her into the Church on her very special baptismal day. Thanks to everyone who came to celebrate with us!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Best Holiday Ever!

It's Valentine's Day again!!! I LOVE this holiday. It's so fun that we have a day that is all about loving one another. If only we could celebrate Valentine's Day every day!!!

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!!!

Hugs to all of you from the three of us!!

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Photos from this weekend - Thanks Val!!

Friday, February 09, 2007

One Week Old!

Our little Mia turns one week old today! This past week has been a whirlwind and it has gone sooo fast. I'll try and do a quick sum up of some of the craziness that has been our February. Feel free to skip over any section that may make you uncomfortable.

Labor by induction:
Andrew and I arrived at the hospital to check at about 6pm Thursday evening. The coolest part about check in is that we ran into a couple from our Lamaze class who was leaving the hospital with their new baby girl. They told us that labor was WAY difficult. YIKES! By 8:30p they had started me on the first meds to get the induction going. My contractions started going by about 9pm but they weren't terribly painful. By four hours later, when it was time for the second dose of the first medicine, the contractions were coming about every 4 minutes and were starting to have a little pain with them. I prayed that I had progressed. It turned out I was only 1/2 a centimeter more dilated and still the same effaced. NOT COOL. So they put in the second dose... and look out! Contractions started coming one on top of the other and they were soooooo painful. Andrew and I got no sleep betweeen midnight and 4am, and even though I had planned to go as natural as possible with birth, I knew I couldn't handle many more hours of the kind of contractions I was having. The good news... I was dilated to 4 cm and like 90% effaced by the end of it. Plus, even though the meds had worn off my contractions were not dying down, so my body went into labor without even needing the Pitocin drip! YEE HAA. Anyhoo... I broke down and got the epidural which was a Godsend and put me in a much better mood for when my mom and dad returned that morning to sit through more of labor. By 8:30a I was dilated to 9.5 cm and fully effaced. But they decided that since I wasn't in pain, they would let baby Amelia "labor down" so I didn't have to push. I started pushing at 10:15a and 2 hours later, Baby Amelia was finally here. Andrew had already started tearing up when he first saw her head, so by the time she was actually visible outside of me he was definitely in tears. They put the warm little girl on my chest... and I looked at Andrew and we both just cried. It was super awesome. And she sure surprised everyone because I think 90% of the people waiting for her were just sure she'd be a boy!!

Getting to know our baby girl:
These are just a few things we've discovered about Mia this week. 1) She LOVES to suck. She came out of the womb sucking on her thumb and has been suck-happy ever since. Which makes breastfeeding super duper easy so that's exciting. 2) She is the cutest baby I've ever seen. Yes, I know every mom says this... but seriously... she came out all rosey and beautiful with this full head of daddy's dark hair. She's just darn adorable. 3) She does not like to sleep in her bassinet. She would much rather be curled up next to mommy or daddy all warm and cozy. 4) When it's your own baby, the cries are not nearly as annoying. I always wondered how I would deal with motherhood because whenever I used to babysit I always got so frustrated when the babies would cry. But Mia's cry doesn't seem to bother me. Of course, at this point she only cries when she's hungry or poopy... but still... it's kind of a sweet little cry. I just worry about our neighbors. 5) When we burp her... her little cheeks puff all up and she gets this look of pure calmness on her face. It truly is my favorite Mia face. 6) And last... she enjoys peeing when her diaper is off. Peeing in a diaper is not her thing and she certainly won't do it unless absolutely necessary.

Not being preggo anymore:
So the baby blues haven't really hit me (at least not yet). I've had my moody moments this week, but mostly I finally feel like my old self again. I am like way more happy again and not nearly as gripey at my awesome husband. I feel like I'm lookin at him again like we just got married (which was actually only 9 months ago... but seriously the last 2 months of pregnancy were pretty hard on my emotions and it all came out for Andrew). It's very fabulous to feel back to normal again. And he's an AWESOME daddy who is like super duper good at changing diapers in the middle of the night. It's strange though... I am all kinds of fired up about other things in life. Like I could blog about a ton of different controversies happening outside of my happy little family... but fortunately taking care of Mia is much more important than taking the time to start arguments on my blog at this time. So that'll have to wait until I settle into this mommyhood thing.

So that's my weekly update for this week. Thanks so much to all of you for all of your prayers and thoughts during labor and leading up to it. I was very aware of all of those prayers throughout the labor and I know it helped me get through some of the rough spots. Also thanks to all of you who have been helping us out last weekend and this week. It has been a godsend to have visitors and helpers and cookers and doters all around. You guys rock!!! God bless you all!!!

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Internet Nursery Pic

You can find Amelia's first photo here:

Please notice the one picture where it looks like she's making the "Westside" hand sign. Do you think our little girl likes begin a Westsider or what?

Monday, February 05, 2007

Amelia Grace - First Pics!!!

Friday, February 02, 2007

It's a GIRL!!!

Amelia Grace was born on February 2 at 12:15 p.m.

She weighed 8 lbs 3 oz and was 19.5 inches long.

I will post more details and info as soon as I get out of the hospital!! Thanks for all of your prayers!!!

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Inquiring Minds want to Know

Hello people! Sorry for my lack of posts this week. I was determined not to write again until this baby arrived, but he/she is taking his own sweet time so here ya go with an update.

So on Monday, the doctor told me I had not progressed much at all. And I said "STRIP MY MEMBRANES!" cuz despite the horror stories of the pain that I'd read about online, I really wanted to give it a shot that this kid would come pseudo naturally. So she did... and it didn't really even hurt. WAHOO! We scheduled our induction for beginning Thursday evening at 6pm, though I still prayed that baby would come naturally before then.

About an hour later I started feeling really crampy and strange. And for the next 24 hours I had contractions about every 7 minutes. But they didn't get stronger and they didn't get closer together. So... I felt like at least my body was doing something... but it didn't seem quite like REAL labor yet.

On Tuesday afternoon, Andrew and I went back in for another Sonogram. This time baby decided to breathe much quicker than at the last appointment though the sonographer still jabbed my tummy a ton of times to get our little one to be more active. THAT SUCKED since I was having contractions but baby didn't seem to mind too much.

About an hour after the sono... my stinkin contractions stopped. Like COMPLETELY stopped. I was slightly pissed off and at the same time very determined.

I woke up Wednesday morning with a mission. I would move and clean, do squats, eat pineapple and spicy foods... pretty much anything to get labor going again. Did it work???... well.... sorta. I had a few pretty rough contractions yesterday and I've had a few this morning... but they're still of no regularity.

So now what? Well Andrew and I check into the hospital at 6pm tonight. They start me on some stuff that supposed to ripen my cervix and they'll start me on Petocin tomorrow morning sometime. There is no doubt now that baby will definitely arrive tomorrow or so if everything goes well... but I'm so so so so so so so so so so praying that just MAYBE the cervadil will be enough to kick labor into gear and I can avoid the Petocin.

God's will be done. But please pray for us. I'm super duper nervous as 6pm approaches and I'm just hoping we can have a great birth experience instead of a scary awful complication-filled one.

Thanks for your prayers and I'll keep you up to date!

Love and hugs!

Kristi & Still In-Utero Baby U