Friday, May 16, 2014

Little Reader

A little while back, Connor was showing an interest in reading.  So, I bought some books recommended by friends on Facebook.  He did well with them, but didn't see that enthused or interested, so they just kinda sat there.  Fast forward a few weeks, and it's like a lightbulb turned on overnight and the kid is reading like a champ.  Not just beginning reader books...random things like birthday cards or directions on the Wii.  (Random, I know!)  His teachers sent him home with a book that he had read to them so that he could read it to us.  I was impressed.  Then, last week, his teacher told me that she had spelled something to the other teacher in order to communicate something without a class full of 3.5-4.5 year olds knowing what they were saying and they had to have a talk with Connor because he understood what she spelled and started asking about it in front of the other kids.  (To this day, I don't know what they spelled...we talked about how sometimes his teachers may spell things and if he figures it out, he needs to keep it to himself...he has taken that very seriously and won't even tell me! Ha!)  Anyway, I just wanted to remember this milestone my little guy is tackling very well!





Jenni

Two weeks?!

{Written yesterday...}

How, oh how, has it been two weeks already?!  On one hand, I can hardly remember life without little Miss Abby, but on the other hand, it feels like we were just checking into the hospital!

I just asked Connor if he remembers life before his sister.  He said yes, and I asked him how things were different.  His response?  "You weren't getting your milkers out as much!"  Two things...one, four and a half year olds have interesting observations and two, I am not sure about his choice of words saying "as much" because, believe me, they weren't "out" at all before she was born!  Haha!  Anyway, I looove seeing them interact with her.  They are smitten.  They want to play near her when she's chillin' on the floor.  They get so excited when I bring her to school with me to pick them up.  They love to lay on the floor and talk to her.  I am soaking this up while it lasts!  

Today, she had her first real bath.  She loved it, but wasn't a fan of getting out!  Here are more pictures of her first two weeks...

Hanging out in her crib...she sleeps in our room for now, but has taken a couple of naps in hers!



He insisted I bring the blocks closer to her so he could play by her!

Sharing his "people" with his sister...

Deb (Clay's mom) made the dress and blanket in the next few pics...lucky little girl!




Before bath...

Relaxing in her first bath.  I put a towel down below her in the reclining tub because the boys never liked the hard plastic, which I don't blame them.  I should have used a pink towel, though!


Can't forget these munchkins...such great big brothers!

L.O.V.E. them!


Sunday, May 11, 2014

First Check Up!

Miss Abigail had her first visit to the pediatrician on Friday.  She was a little angel!  She weighed in at 9 lbs even at 8 days old.  This is about 10 oz above her birth weight and a little over a pound from when we left the hospital.  (She dropped to 7 lbs 14 oz the first couple of days.)  She got a perfect report and the dr. commented how easy her appointment was.  I told him I was just making up for Levi's 2.5 year check up coming on Monday...he doesn't care for going to the dr!!

Her official ~1 week stats were:
Weight:  9 lbs (83%)
Height:  21.5 inches (93%)
Head:  14.25 (68%)

And some pictures from lately....

5 days old...the day we would have been induced!

First trip to the dr!

Waiting to see the dr...

Napping in her crib.  (She's sleeping in our room in a PNP right now)


Sweet smiles!

Bubba reading to his sister.  His reading has knocked my socks off!

Levi being a good helper in the kitchen...


Mommy and baby girl side by side...


Jenni

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Thankful

{This was written yesterday!}

I was supposed to be induced today.  At 41 weeks.  The other option was last Thursday or Friday, but my dr. cautioned that I ran the risk of a c-section with an induction because she was still so high.  The have some sort of formula where they look at all your various stats and rate your c-section risk.  I was borderline, which is why we decided on today.  So,a today I am thankful that I have a pretty little princess snoozing away in the next room instead of being in the hospital hooked up to Pitocin.  I am thankful I was not miserably pregnant and 40 weeks and insist on getting her out as soon as possible.  I am thankful she decided to come on her own.  There were two other inductions on Thursday that I am pretty sure both ended in c-sections.  I am thankful that was not us!  (I would have been thankful for an epidural, too, but whatever!)  I am thankful the boys have adjusted fairly well to their new little sister.  I am thankful for all the love and support we have received.  I am thankful she is a good little sleep and a good little eater.  I am just thankful.  And blessed.

Here are some pictures from our last week...

Snuggling with all three of my babies the day we came home!

Big brothers!


Our baby burrito her first night home...she did really well!


Sleeps like Levi!

I know they aren't emotional smiles yet, but still fun to capture a few reflex smiles on camera!




Jenni

Friday, May 2, 2014

She's Here!

So, I really thought I'd be writing a "false alarm" post tonight.  I was working away this afternoon and realized I kept thinking my back hurt.  I chalked it up to sitting at my desk way too long, but then realized it was happening kinda regularly, so I started writing down the times.  Sure enough, it was happening every 6-7 minutes.  I finished a few emails, then went downstairs to take a shower.  I called Clay sometime in there and said I think I'm having contractions, but told him not to come home yet.  I went downstairs to take a shower and see if these stuck around.  Sure enough they did, so I called my Dr. and she had me head to the birthing center to get checked.  I was sure I was going to be the third time mom who was sent home! I got there around 5.  They hooked me up and the nurse checked me...1 cm.  what?!  I was 3 two days ago...you don't go backwards!  She also said she saw some noise on the monitor but not really much in way of contractions.  Let's just say she was not my BFF!

My Dr came in shortly after and checked me.  She said I was still a 3 and at -3, meaning she was still high and no change since Tuesday.  She said they'd watch me for a bit and go from there.

Around 720, my water broke.  We knew we weren't going anywhere after that!  Contractions picked up at this point...both in frequency and intensity.  They checked me again and I was 5 cm. However, they weren't doing much else.  I still didn't have an IV and they said they needed to draw blood.  There were two other labors in process and both of them were at a 9, so it was busy here. (It's a small facility!)

They finally got my IV in, and took my blood.  Of course they wanted to to both mid contraction! I asked again about the Epidural at this time, and she said it'd be 30-45 minutes.  It was 8:20 by now.  I must have had a terrible look on my face because the nurse said "you can do it!".

With each passing contraction, I tried not to look at the clock.  They were coming fast and time was moving slow.  I was starting to wonder if I'd get an epidural.  They needed to get fluids in me before getting it and the IV kept locking up.  I told the nurse I felt the urge to push, which kinda caught her off gaurd.  She told me to hold back so she could check me. I was 10!  She explained that the Dr would come check me too before I could push.  She came in and verified that it was game time...no time for an epidural!! Things moved pretty quick after that.  I don't know how many pushes it took, but she made her debut at 8:55, and is just perfect.

Her official stats are:
May 1, 2014
8:55 pm
8 lbs 5.6 oz
21.5 inches long

Just a few phone pics...