Saturday, August 31, 2013

Adeline is two weeks!

Adeline is two weeks! Of course, it seems like she's been around way longer too many! My days are loooong. And I feel like I've spent an eternity staring at her. In a fabulous way. She's a sweet babe!

Here are some photos my friend Kim took of Adeline! 

The first week Brendon took off to spend just the 4 of us! Then this last week began the mom rotation. RMom was here. Lilleigh enjoyed time with Mimi, and I loved getting to have a Lilleigh-Mommy date!

Lilleigh has adjusted really well. She looooves her little sissy and totally takes ownership! (In a totally healthy way.) There are lots of hugs and kisses to baby A, as well as sharing her toys. It'll be fun once they can actually play together!

As for Adeline, its fun to observe her and predict her personality. She's only two weeks, so I could be totally off, but here's what I see... 
  • She's very patient. Adeline will let me know when she's hungry, and then she allows me a few moments to finish with Lilleigh and get it together to nurse. 
  • She loves to be held. Does this mean she will be cuddly and love touch? Brendon hopes.
  • She's warm-natured and loooves to be hot! Walking outside in 100+ degree heat is her thing. She sleeps best out there. Bizarre to her mommy who needs a fan blowing on her to even entertain the idea of sleep.
  • She gets the hiccups like they are going out of style. At least 2-3x day! This is fine unless its in the middle of the night after Mom has fed her and is about to put her back in her bouncy seat... Because hiccups mean she wants to nurse again, and so we start over...
  • Though she loves being wrapped in the miracle blanket, she does not need her arms to be wrapped in with her. Her big sis could not handle being unswaddled in the least. It's kinda nice to be able to do the lazy swaddle. Relaxed girl?  
  • Mom has had caffeine 2x now, and thank goodness Adeline doesn't seem affected. Hallelujah! How else does one survive a newborn and toddler?

As for sleep, Adeline allows me 2-3 hour increments of sleep at night usually. She doesn't really care for the flat open space of the Moses basket. (Glad it's borrowed!) She prefers to lay next to Mom, but since she is loud and therefore usually kicked out of bed, she sleeps in either the boppy or her bouncy seat, the latter which is located in our bathroom where we can't hear her constant noises.

When Adeline was born, she was 7 lb 6 oz. She dropped to 7 lb by Sunday, which is normal. At two weeks, she was 8 lb 2 oz! This girl is an excellent nurser, great latch, and very efficient. Her weight proved what I already knew. Dr Naidoo was impressed. The rest of our two week appointment went well also!

Okay that's all for now! Pray for Mom to get sleep. :)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Adeline is here!

Adeline arrived last Friday, August 16, at noon! Birth story to come, but needless to say we were thrilled to have her a few days early! She weighed in at 7 lbs 6 oz and 21 inches long.

God's faithfulness in answering our prayers surrounding delivery still amazes me. He worked out every detail. He is so good. Some answered prayers include...
  • Adeline was born healthy!! Huge praise!
  • She came a little early, which was great because I was so uncomfortable.
  • The timing allowed for our sweet neighbor Holly to watch Lilleigh at her house during the day. Holly was a kindergarten teacher and now a SAHM. She also taught Lilleigh swimming this summer, so Lilleigh really loves her. And I think it was convenient, for all parties, to not have to worry about nighttime, someone staying at our house, etc. 
  • Adeline's timing was also great in that she was born the week before she was due. Many of our "on call" friends to help with Lilleigh were going to be out of town that week I was due, which would've stressed me out.
  • Our doula actually had a client, who was supposed to deliver 3 weeks early but was instead 2 weeks late, make her induction dates (poor momma) the 15th AND 16th. Thankfully though Jen (doula) was able to attend our birth, send a back up to her other client's, and then make it back to the other client in time for her actual labor and delivery. By the way, and I will share more in the birth story, but doulas are totally worth every penny!
  • As far as the delivery goes, it was smooth and quick. I progressed well the whole time and pushed for 15 minutes - compare that to the 1 hour 45 minutes with Lilleigh. And no tearing! I didn't realize how big of a deal even minor tearing is until this round. It's made my recovery so smooth. By Sunday I felt like a normal person. I've gotten out a couple of times this week, which friends have made me feel crazy for doing, but other than being exhausted, I feel great.
  • Adeline has been a champ at nursing, another thing I prayer for. 
  • She's a good sleeper too - other than the fact that she prefers to sleep ON me and can be noisy. So I have gotten some sleep! And so far I've been able to coordinate at least some overlap in naps with her and Lilleigh, which has been wonderful and completely necessary. That said, I know I will have to work at that more in coming months when Adeline isn't a newborn and sleeping constantly.
  • Lilleigh has adjusted really well. She's loving being a big sister and has been very helpful! 
We've spent the first week at home just us, before having parents come stay. Brendon took the week off work. It has been great for our little family to get in the groove with a fourth member. Photos of our week...

Fam photo!

Lilleigh meeting Adeline

The welcome home sign that Holly and Lilleigh made

Sweet Adeline. She looks so much like Lilleigh as a newborn!

Wide awake

This was the nurse weighing Adeline at our follow-up home visit, two days after giving birth.

Lilleugh loves pulling up her little seat while Adeline is in her bouncy seat. Lilleigh shows her all of her toys.

Sharing toys!

Sweet sisters!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

38/ 39 Weeks!

SURELY we are almost there! And I'm trying it all to get her out! That false labor gave me false hope I think. But for now, I am holding onto what could be false hope that she will arrive before her due date! Really though her due date is sneaking up on us -- Thankfully! So even waiting till her due date doesn't seem so bad at this point.

I've been exhausted, achy (back and legs), and creaky (joints). Apparently our house is freezing too, or so I've been told by the numbers on our electric bill and everyone who comes in our house... even my child who is never cold has been saying we live in a cold house! Ha! All this to say, I am getting antsy and desperate to meet Adeline! The reality is though that I have so much to be thankful for! So today I made a list. Here are a few things that made the list...

I am thankful for...
  • A healthy and smooth pregnancy. No GD or GBS. Healthy weight gain, actually less than last time. No abnormalities that have shown up. Great sonograms.
  • My body, which can get pregnant and carry a baby to term.
  • A positive birth experience with Lilleigh, which assures me that my body can deliver this baby just as God created it to do. 
  • My sweet husband who sees this time when I'm hugely pregnant and exhausted as a time that he can love me and serve me.
  • The chiropractor and prenatal massages. Just what my back needs.
  • Awesome midwives, whose care I feel confident to be in.
Okay there's way more I could say, but just thought I'd share a few. I really am so thankful and it's easy to lose track of all that God has provided when all I can do is look ahead. So I am choosing to be thankful!

And for some photos...

When you're this pregnant, it's funny to look at your reflection in a building window as you walk by and think, "Oh wow I didn't realize my tummy was that big." Awesome feeling. And then I was too embarrassed to take a real photo, so I did a casual, "Oh I'm just looking at my iPhone... hum dee hum..." as I walked by and snapped this.

Here's another tummy shot.

Nothing like that false labor I had a week and a half ago to get Mom to install Adeline's car seat in the car.

Lilleigh and I enjoyed a little donut date one morning. I figured I should take advantage of precious time with her to go on a special Mommy and Lilleigh outing!

SMom/ Tita and Morgan came up also for a little visit. Lilleigh was glad to have a playmate!

Monday, August 12, 2013

An Interview with Lilleigh

Who's your favorite Disney Princess? Snow White. (Though later she told me Aurora ...aka Sleeping Beauty)

What's your favorite show to watch? Curious George.

What's your favorite place to go do with Mommy? Starbucks. I'm not kidding, y'all. And my follow up question: Go inside or drive thru? Drive thru.

What else do you like to do with Mommy? Go to the mall. (We mall walked this morning.)

Where's your favorite place to go with Daddy? To get donuts. Pink donuts.

What's your favorite food? Macaroni. 

Who's your favorite puppy doggy? Sammy Doo Doggy Doooooo-.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Lilleigh at 2-1/2

At 2-1/2 Lilleigh is so easy and so much fun! It's hard to believe we are about to start over with #2! So many feelings on that! It's been so fun getting to play with Lilleigh and love on her, while at the same time give her more responsibility and independence. I say this all the time, but the older she gets, the more fun we have together.

She's had a few funny quotes lately...

At bedtime one night when Mimi and her little dog Pierre were in town...
Lil: Do animals have to obey God?
Brendon: Yes. Remember the whale in Jonah? He obeyed God by swallowing Jonah.
Lil: Can He tell Pierre to stop barking?

Today a friend, clearly trying to lift my spirits at 38.5 weeks pregnant, said to me: You look great.
Lilleigh, in her princess dress: Do I look great?

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Nesting: Master

Okay so confession, this is really going to be photos of half the master. I'm still wanting to do a painting project with our dresser (NOT before Adeline. Ha. That would be crazy. But when I have my brain back and it's cooler out), and we have a little corner of clutter... birth center bags and Lil's bag, a bin of maternity/ post-maternity/ nursing clothes, and a Moses basket, which is waiting until we move the dresser a bit for it's new home. Still, I've totally been meaning to post pics since Randi rearranged our house, so here are a few more! The living room was rearranged and gained the glider from our room and lost the chaise lounge... I'm sorta embarrassed to post these pics because I am kinda terrible about figuring out lighting with windows and the iPhone camera (or any camera for that matter). I know there's all kinds of stuff with f-stop and ISO, but I don't really understand that stuff. (Send any simple suggestions my way!) Anywho, here's what our room now looks like...

The main changes...
  • Moving the glider to the living room and putting the chaise in its spot. 
  • Taking away Brendon's bedside table and putting in this bookshelf. (We have too many books! This bookshelf allowed us to consolidate and not have one in Adeline's room.) 
  • Adding a wall lamp next to Brendon's side of the bed.
  • Coming soon - A wall lamp next to my side of the bed to replace the lamp on the bedside table. Just waiting for hubs to do that since I'm not great at hanging something that needs multiple screws in the wall.
  • And rearranging a few pics. 
I will say that I am loving this new set up!! I use the chaise all the time in our room, and I'm sure I will use it a lot nursing as well. I just love to sit there and read before bed. It's a cozy little nook.

So what happened to that matching side table?

It found its perfect home in the hallway! (Again, sorry about lighting on this pic. It was WAAAAY too dark without the light on.) I set it out there just briefly while we were moving things around, and I liked it so much there that it stayed. I think it's a good look. And it also gives me a place to set Lil's laundry, etc, while she is sleeping and I'm getting things done around the house.

Above the night stand is a little art work wall. I'd love to find an old farm house window with just 2 sections (rather than 6 or 9) and put chicken wire behind it to clip her work to. Just haven't made it that far yet! I'm open to other suggestions though for how to make this a cute art work area if you have them!

Okay that's all for now. You've now seen the living room, kitchen, Adeline's room, the master, and hallway! Still to come... Lil's room and front room... as soon as they're clean enough for photos! ;) Thanks for stopping in!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

37 Weeks!

At 37 weeks, I finished the guest room/ nursery. I'm pretty sure with Lilleigh, I had this done months before. But it's amazing the things you don't worry about with the second! This round, I know that anything not done before Adeline's arrival really can be done after. Eventually I will have energy again, and until I do, things can wait.

Here are some guest room/ nursery photos --

I bought 6 lanterns off our Facebook swap site for $8.

The gold dot wall decals are from Etsy. They were around $30, but I overbought on accident. Really it would've been closer to $20 I think. I also bought new bedding, but that was completely necessary anyway. It was inexpensive, from Home Goods (love), but I'm considering that from nesting fund, not nursery fund. :)

Don't mind the terrible lighting. I don't really know how to take photos well when there's a window obstacle. Turning lights on looked funky too. But here you get an idea of room lay out. And I made the curtains out of some fabric we had. They are my first pair to actually make well! Why do I have such a hard time with straight lines? Ha

I wasn't going to do a changing table at first, but since it fit in the closet, I figured might as well! It's so much easier to change a diaper at this height, rather than bed height!

Super excited to have that done! I wanted to have something cute and cheery. (It was super drab before.) But I also want to be able to easily keep the room a guest room. My friend Katie helped me a lot with decorations, and I'm so thankful for all of her ideas! I pretty much followed them to a T.

This past weekend Brendon and I got a date night with free childcare! A nearby church was offering childcare free as part of the marriage ministry. Naturally we snatched up that opportunity!

And I just thought this photo was so cute! Lilleigh at our church childcare, holding onto the rope with her friends, as they head to the playground. We are pretty involved with programs and with serving at church, so she gets to go to childcare a couple of times a week usually and loves it!

Herding cats :)

This week my dad also came up for a quick trip. It was great to spend time with him. Lilleigh loooved having him hear, and insisted that only Pappy put her in and took her out of her car seat! So he got a lesson in how to properly put a toddler in her car seat. He's a pro now. He also came with us to my midwife appointment and loved getting a glimpse of the birth center.

It's a miracle! I told Lilleigh to say "cheese" and look at me, and she actually did it!

Yummy cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory! S'more and banana cream!

Lil devouring the s'more cheesecake! She's a chocolate girl!

As for my 37 week appointment, I did not have them do a cervical check. If I am late, then I may have them check, but otherwise they seem sorta meaningless. I had a friend walk around for weeks at 5 cm dilated. And another was 1 cm one day and gave birth the next. So no need to check and increase risk of infection. Due date is still August 20th... that won't change. My midwife did tell me that I should expect to have a few false start ups this round since my body already knows what to do and is kicking itself in gear. And wouldn't you know, I had lots of contractions last night. But non progressed. Just left me crampy this morning. So prayers that this (or these) are isolated incident(s), not prodromal labor! I've been corrected... apparently prodromal just means that they are real contractions that don't turn into labor. Well, bleh. Check, got those.

In other news, I am Strep B negative, which is great! I figured I would be since we pretty much do all of the preventive things on a regular basis anyway (kombucha, ACV, probiotics, etc), but it's still a relief! The baby is head down, with her back facing my right, which means if she doesn't decide to shift, I'll have back labor. Booo. But I did it last time and survived! Still, lots of pelvic tilts and hanging out on hands and knees in my future!