Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Lo's First Halloween

Lo was Minnie Mouse for Halloween!  She was the cutest little mouse I've ever seen.  Andrew and I took her out to eat for the occasion.  I was a little paranoid of course, but it was nice to get out of the house for a bit.  She of course slept the entire time and was an angel.  

We attempted to get the cute baby in a pumpkin picture, but we didn't have the best of luck...  I think the big bow was weighing her head down :)

Memories :)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Three Weeks Old

Dear Lo,

How are you already three weeks old (October 26)?  I wish I could push pause.  We just love you so very much sweet girl!  You now weigh 7 pounds!  You also are enjoying bath time a little more.  This week, we spent our first days alone at home together!  And we did great :)  We got into a routine of, as your daddy would say, ESP (eat, sleep, poop).  You eat every three hours, then we play, then you sleep, then we repeat.  Your daddy took some really cute pictures of you this week.  You are just the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.

We bought you a new car today!  Something more comfortable and safer for you to ride in.  It has lots of room and even a DVD player for you when you get bigger!  Your daddy calls it, "a glorified mini van."  You love it!  It puts you right to sleep every single time.

You are sleeping so good!  Around 4-5 hours at night.

You like laying on your activity mat, and looking up, but you are not a fan of tummy time. 

It seems that you are starting to focus more and more. And boy have you got some hair!

We love you sweet girl!  And I sure do wish time would slow down.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Two weeks old

I can't believe my baby girl is two weeks old already (October 19)!  How has that much time already passed?  My mom came up and stayed with me this week, since Andrew had to go back to work.  It was great!  So nice to have help and meals prepared for us.  I'm so thankful for my mom.  There is no one else like you mother during times like this.  Having a daughter now, makes me realize why my mom was the way she was with me.  It ALL makes sense.  Finally! :)  I get it.  All of it.  And I fear her crazy protective ways, were mild compared to how I will be.  My poor baby ;)  The thought of leaving her gives me anxiety.  I even get anxiety when people are wanting to hold her for more than a few minutes.  I have a feeling I am going to need to be medicated...kidding..kinda.

Baby Lo enjoyed her second OU football game this week.  She also started grunting this week.  It's so funny!  Andrew and I just stare at her and laugh.  She also watched her first movie upstairs.  She slept peacefully through the whole thing.

On her 2 week birthday, we drove my mom back home and I had a doctors appointment.  It was HARD leaving my family again.  It's hard being so far away now that we have a baby.  It's way harder than I ever imagined it would be.  Maybe it's the hormones, but I just think that there is something so calming about having your mom there with you at a time like this.  Having her there with my during labor and then with me for a week was something I will never forget and forever appreciate.  Like I said, there is no one else like your mother.

Happy 2 weeks old Lolo bear!  We love you more everyday!

Thank you God for a beautiful healthy baby!

I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. 1 Samuel 1:27

*please pray for those still yearning to start their family, may God bless them with a child when His time is perfect

Saturday, October 13, 2012

This girl is important!

I read about sending a birth announcement to Walt Disney World and The White House and then they would send your baby back a little letter.  I didn't know if it was true or not, but what did I have to lose.  Well....guess what folks?!?!  It's the real deal.  Within a couple of weeks, little Miss Lo had mail from the gang at Walt Disney World AND the President and First Lady!  How cool is that!?!

I can't wait to add these to Lolo's baby book! 

And in case you were are the addresses!

White House Greetings Office

Room 39
Washington, DC 20500

Mickey and Minnie Mouse
Walt Disney World
1675 N Buena Vista Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Friday, October 12, 2012

One week old

October 12

We stayed in the hospital for 3 days due to my c-section.  The rest of the days following Lo's birthday were filled with sleepless nights and lots of visitors.  I can't even begin to count the amount of people who came to see us.  We are very blessed with lots of people who love and care about us and our new baby.

Day 2 was a little stressful.  We were trying to get the hang of breast feeding and Lo and I were both stressed out about the whole thing!  My awesome husband jumped right in and did whatever he could to help.  He called the lactation nurse, got me a pump, cleaned all the supplies, sterilized everything for me, etc.  He was awesome!    

On night number 2, Baby Lo was so fussy.  Probably because she was frustrated that I had no milk to give her...She was probably starving, wouldn't you be?  I finally asked for a binky that night.  I was desperate.  I also let her sleep in bed with me.  I couldn't help it.  I was desperate to do whatever worked so that we could both get a little sleep.  And I will tell you that there is nothing more precious than a sleeping baby on your chest.

The following day, Lo seemed to latch on better and eat more frequently.  I don't know if it was the binky or what but I was so very thankful!  There is nothing more frustrating than feeling like you can't help/satisfy your baby.  

The following day we finally got to go home!  Andrew was ready, but I was a little nervous about going home.  I was still so so sore and worried about getting around and we had quite the drive to make.  But I was excited for a little peace and quiet and down time with just my husband and my baby.  Lo did great in the car!  She slept the entire way home.  I got to rest a little too.

We made it home around 4 pm.  It sure was nice to be home and sleep in my own bed!  Lo did great that first night home.  I woke her every 2-3 hours to eat.  The second night home however was a different story...

We gave Lo her first bath at home that night.  She HATED it.  She screamed the entire time.  Poor baby.  Then around 8pm that night, she got really really fussy and cried for hours.  She refused to eat, sleep, etc.  All she did was fuss and act like she was in pain.  It was heartbreaking.  I sat in the rocker with her until 4 am and rocked her and prayed for her to eat and get some relief.  Finally around 4 am, she ate!  Thank God!  I put her to sleep around 5 am and finally got some rest.  That night was rough...

Thankfully, my milk finally came in the following day and we haven't had a night like that since.  Andrew learned how to use my breast pump and cleaned, organized, and stored everything for me, I'm telling you, he has been so great!  We got into a little routine and had a great first week at home together as a family.

On October 11, we took Lo to her first doctor appointment.  She loves her doctor :)  She weighed in at a big 5 pounds 13 ounces.  She had gotten down to 5 pounds 12 ounces in the hospital, so I was happy to see she was at least gaining weight now, even if it was just an ounce.  Besides being a tad bit yellow...ok a lot yellow, she was doing great!  Thank God for a healthy baby!

Lo's first week of life was the most incredible week of our life.  What an amazing blessing we were given with this beautiful healthy baby girl.  It's so crazy how this tiny human being comes into your life and this indescribable over-the-top consuming love just immediately happens.  We love this little girl more than we can put words too.  I just sit with her and rock her and the tears just start streaming down my face.  God has blessed us so much with her and I am forever grateful for this wonderful gift.     
I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. 1 Samuel 1:27

*please pray for those still yearning to start their family, may God bless them with a child when His time is perfect