Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
I think we got there right around 1215 - the flyer said Santa was to arrive at Noon - and were greeted by a fairly long line, maybe forty people deep, but it went pretty quick. I don't think we waited much longer than 30-40 minutes. I can't even begin to imagine how long we would have waited at the mall...scary. Things went remarkably well, with little Kylie just kind of chilling in the stroller the entire time, working on that pacifier. She started to get a little fussy when we were about five minutes out from Santa, but a little bouncing and shushing (sp?) did the trick.
Anyhow, Santa was very authentic and everyone was super nice. I don't remember Mrs. Claus when I was a kid visiting Santa. I always thought she stayed at the North Pole, you know, kind of keeping an eye on everyone while the big guy was out doing his rounds.
Man, we've got a cute kid...
Friday, November 21, 2008
She has arrived.
Sorry about the nearly three week delay, but this is our story:
Monday, November 3rd, 2008
Jody didn't sleep at all, which means I (this is Matt, by the way) didn't do much better. We were scheduled to be at the hospital at 7:00am for an induction - we arrived right on time. We were in a bit of a holding pattern until about 9 Monday morning when things finally got rolling. Rolling very slowly, but rolling.
Fast forward to Tuesday at 5:00am, after three rounds of inducing drugs and lots and lots of discomfort. Labor began.
After two hours that seemed like eight, the doctor rolled in and asked if Jody if she was ready for an epidural. Her response was something to the effect of, "yeah, about two hours ago". Anyhow, the epidural was administered right around seven and we were in for a few more hours of the ball rolling very slowly.
Finally, around noon our AWESOME LABOR NURSE Laura S (if you're going to have a baby, you need to do so at OMC with her) decided it was time to start pushing. It was about then that Jody noticed the epidural only took on her right side. Yikes. Well, Jody pushed and pushed for over two hours and we were at an impasse. The baby was close, but still not here. Apparently, this calls for extreme measures. They're called forceps. Really yikes! Dr. Estrada rolled in with the giant salad tongs and in a matter of minutes we had our baby.
11/4/08 (election day!) at 2:31PM
8lb 6.3 ounces
19 1/4" long
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
So why do I want our little girl here on Halloween? I moved out here on Halloween, and then the first time I met my husband was on Halloween, so I just thought it fitting that our daughter arrive on that day as well. Who knows, nature just may take its course that day anyhow. I guess I just need to sit back and be patient, and not dwell on the fact that no chocolates or anything else can be used to sway my doctor into inducing.
Twice a week I am scheduled to have nonstress tests, as protocol for my gestational diabetes. Well that is where I have learned that I am having contractions. To think all this time I thought that feeling was due to the baby being positioned a certain way, but nope, that tightness is the Braxton Hicks contractions. Who knew..lol surely not me.
As of last night I now have Fred Flinstone feet. I noticed that my feet and ankles are swollen and they look kinda gross. Yes, I know it is part of pregnancy, but I was kind of hoping that I would miss out on it, especially since I have gotten some of the other effects of pregnancy. Oh well, we are almost there ;)
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Okay, so I know it seems like forever since I last posted about how we were so close to finishing the nursery. Well, it seems as though we keep running into obstacles with painting all of the frames white. It would have been great if we found frames the sizes we needed that were already white in color, but that would have been too easy. Matt has had the tedious job of painting all of the frames white, and encountering painting issues along the way. On his final coat of paint for the frames that will be used to spell out her name, the paint bubbled up and crackled on Every frame! He was so upset, because that was the last step to completing her room :(
Anyway, I felt bad to keep everyone waiting to see the artwork I did on her wall, so here is a look at my craft work. (Note: the paint was still wet in some spots on the tree, so that's why it looks a bit streaky) Once Matt takes another crack at the frames, I will post pictures of our total work to the nursery. Until then, enjoy what you see ;)
Just a couple weeks ago Matt's work gave us a baby shower. It was so nice to see how excited his co-workers are for us to have our first baby! They gave us an amazing and much needed gift of a travel system, which is a stroller and carseat. She will definitely be riding in style thanks to their generous gift! Here's a look at her new ride.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Our crib came in on Friday, so Matt and his dad worked on getting it all put together that very evening. Here are a couple pics of what our little girl's room looks like with her crib all together. I was very excited to see it all assembled, so I could finally put on the cribskirt I made, and see how well it coordinated with the valance I had made for her window.
Oh, I have also begun painting on her walls today! Oh my goodness it looks so cute, but sorry...no sneak peaks for you guys. I want to wait until everything is complete before I post anymore nursery room pics, so you'll just have to be a little patient ;)
Friday, September 5, 2008
With the date getting so much closer we decided to take inventory on baby needs. We have most of what we need, but are still in need of a few necessary items before she arrives. Let's see, we still need:
*1-2 more crib sheets
*changing pad and at least 2 covers
*8-10 more burpcloths
I think once that is set, all we will need to make things complete is our baby girl!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
It was also our last apptmt where I had to take my glucose test. Unfortunately I did not pass, and had to take the 3 hour glucose tolerance test. I struck out on that one as well. What that means is that I apparently have gestational diabetes, and now I have to follow a specific diet where I am counting carbs and I also have to stick myself and check my glucose level 4 times a day! The worst part of it is that I am not allowed to have any desserts until after the baby is here!! Do you have any idea how cruel that is not allow a pregnant woman to have anything sweet? Following along with the diet is not too terrible, it just takes some planning and it will be much easier to follow since my husband is soo great to do it right with me! Just a little over 2 months and I will be ordering up dessert from the maternity unit ;)
I am definitely slacking on making current posts to our baby blog. I will say that it is all due to the pregnancy ;)
Our trip to Ohio this July was very exciting, as old friends and family were present to help us celebrate the upcoming arrival of our baby girl! It is amazing how the joyous news of a baby can be so infectious to so many people. Here are some photos that Matt was able to capture of the day of the wonderful baby shower that my family had for us.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Okay, so I gave myself way too many choices by choosing an array of colors to use in Kylie's room. I love the fabric that I had chosen before with all of the bright colors, and I had already used it to make her cribskirt. Unfortunately, I was overwhelmed with what color to use for the each item in her room, that I decided I needed to alter things.
Below is a sampling of the new color palette that I will be using in her room. All of these colors are used in a Noah's Ark theme that I found while working at Hallmark. I already have in mind what I will be doing for wall decor and may even paint some sort of mural on her walls as well. I will definitely need to revisit my artistic skills, as I create a beautiful room for our little girl!
Once we have another OB apptmt, we will see if they can confirm that we are indeed having a little girl, so I can get started on a new cribskirt. It will be like a bubble gum pink color with a hot pink ribbon as a trim. The colors in the color palette are still fairly neutral, so I can always modify things if needed.
Friday, July 11, 2008
I really wanted to make a couple blankets for Kylie, so I went out and got some flannel fabric on sale for half the price! It was a great deal for sure. Anyway, my sewing skills are somewhat limited, so I unsure how to do the handstitching to close the seam once I turned it right side out. After making a trip to our local craft store, a woman there told me to just top stitch it all the way around, and then I would have a bit of a decorative trim all around the blanket. That was a great idea, so I no longer had to worry about learning how to handstitch (though it would still be nice to learn something new...maybe next time). Here is a look at the final project of my first blanket for Kylie. You will see that I chose different fabric for the front and back of the blanket. Enjoy!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I'm sure we will reference Kylie many more times in our posting, so just know that we are talking about our little girl that will soon be here!
So, I'm getting ready for work this morning and as I'm getting dressed Jody kind of rolls over and says that she really wants the baby to move (she may have actually said "Kylie" and not "the baby"). First off this was weird because Jody is NEVER actually awake when I'm getting ready to leave in the morning. I usually give her a kiss, tell her that I love her and that I'll see her later - all without much movement or sound coming from the recipient. However, today was different. She was awake!
Jody thought she felt little Kylie move and told me where to put my hand. Sure enough, just a couple seconds later, BLAMMO! There was movement. Needless to say, that was a pretty neat way to start my day.
I also started painting the nursery yesterday. It's this really cool kind of aqua-ish blue color. Yes, I know we're having a girl and blue is a boy color, but this is neat-o. We'll definitely put some pics up once it's all cut in.
Well, I hope you all enjoyed my post. I should probably actually get to work.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Well today was a big day, as we found out the sex of our baby...It's a Girl!! Today was one of the most amazing moments of our life! To see our baby on the screen and watch her kick and move around was just awesome! I had some tears rolling down my face as I saw her. I asked the sonographer person if he had any other patients for the day, because I wanted to just watch her move all day long :) He just laughed and smiled at me...Hello I was serious..lol
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
We have almost finished our registries, and are awaiting the news before we have everything completed. My goodness were we overwhelmed with all of the baby products out there, and wondering what is and is not necessary. Thanks to a few people and some reading we think we were able to narrow things down to what will be the most useful. I am sure there will be some trial and error on some items, but we hope that we will be eliminate as much of that as possible.
It is so unbelievably amazing to see how quickly this pregnancy has been so far. To think just 8 or 9 wks ago I was so sick and needed to take meds to help with the nausea and vomiting, and now we are almost to the halfway point. I am just in awe as to how quickly this process has been, and how much I need to really embrace every new experience.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Here's one of the first pics of my baby belly. This photo was taken the day before I graduated and is just soo cool for me to see how both the baby and I are growing!
We are both excited to see the upcoming changes and new experiences that are yet to come. I can't wait to feel our little one kick for the first time, and of course we can not wait until we find out the sex of our baby (just 4 more weeks!).
Saturday, May 24, 2008
We are both realizing that this baby and pregnancy are going much quicker than we ever imagined...like I said this our first and we really do not know what to expect. We thought to capture our experiences by creating a blog, as a way to keep everyone posted on our journey to parenthood. Now everyone can experience our joy and moments of becoming new parents every step of the way!
Friday, May 23, 2008
As soon as he left for work I jumped in the shower, and was toiling over what I could do to surprise him with the news. I decided just to be certain that this was really happening, that I should take another test. Once again it was positive in less than a minute! I decided that my plan of surprise would be to tie a pink and blue balloon to his vehicle, so he would know that the time has come and we would soon be parents! I had asked the receptionist at the front desk to page Matt and explain that there was an accident in the parking lot, and he needed to go to his truck and speak with the other person involved.
I was in the parking lot across from his vehicle, as my cell phone began to ring. I had not seen Matt just yet, so I did not answer my phone. I wanted to see the reaction on his face before hearing his voice. He had the biggest smile on his face, and it was so cute to see the excitement he had!