Friday, November 27, 2009
We celebrated our 3 month break with peaceful dinners, sleep and house cleaning. I always think that when Amelia is with her Grandparents I will stay out late with friends and enjoy the "good life". Is it bad that the "good life" is watching a movie on the couch with my husband and falling asleep at 9:00?
It's weird to say that not much has changed in the past month because it definitely has. But in some respects it hasn't. Most things are the same, just getting better. Here's the rundown:
* Amelia is 14 lbs and a little over 24 inches
* She has sounded stopped up since birth and it flares up from time to time. Her doctor said a lot of babies who do not spit-up (Amelia never does), have congestion from an internal reflux (something like that anyway). At 3 months was the 2nd flare up. It's not bad enough to treat with anything except saline drops and the nose plunger.
* She still loves baths and strolling.
* The evening fussy times are decreasing dramatically
* She goes to sleep pretty easy and sleeps from about 8:30 to 6:00 with no wake-ups in between
* She loves her mobile and floor activity mat and has started reaching for the toys above her.
* She notices things further away like the tv and the ceiling fans. Even if the fans aren't moving, they keep her attention.
*I carry her facing outward in her Baby Bjorn. She loves to look around at people and things. She is a big hit at Publix!
*She is learning facial expressions (raising eyebrows for excitement, poking the lower lip out, smiling, etc) but she can't always remember which one to use when. Sometimes she'll throw them all out one after the other and it's pretty funny.
* She smiles all the time (except for the cameras) and it absolutely melts your heart.
Amelia & Grandma at the Christmas party on her 3 month birthday
We got up and had breakfast then got dressed and were off. We are blessed to live about 30 mins away from a fantastic state park. We stopped on the way for lunch then started our drive. Other than a few stops here and there at overlooks, we just drove. It's amazing how you can only be an hour away from home and feel miles away. We had sunglasses on, the sunroof open and the scenery was amazing. Amelia loves to ride so she just hung out in her seat. We rode for almost 3 hours before she started getting squirmy. Luckily at this point we were almost back in town. We sat in the car while I fed Amelia her afternoon snack then we unloaded the stroller to complete our day with ice cream. We have a wonderful local ice cream shop that serves Blue Bell Ice Cream (Is there really any other kind?!). We enjoyed chatting with the shop owners for a little while then we took off strolling around the square while we finished our ice creams.
I always miss our church family when we are not there but this Sunday, we needed a different kind of worship.
Amelia watched some church tv while we got dressed.
One of the overlooks. Poor baby needs some shades.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Unfortunately... we are not that disciplined with our kitties. We are just lucky they let us sleep with them...
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Sometimes all it takes to fix it is to sit in the bathtub with aromatherapy salts that says "Brighten your mood" (yeah, good try) and a beer... almost there
Sometimes you just need to pick up the phone while in your aromatherapy bath with a beer and call your person. That person we all have. If you are lucky you have more than 1 person from different seasons of life, but you usually don't have many because these are people you are completely honest with because they do not judge you. They can set you straight without hurting your feelings, love on you without awkwardness and laugh at you without making you feel like an idiot.
Thanks Heather. From boys to babies and all that's been in between and yet to come.
Conquering the world since Spring of 1997!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Anyway, these are my finds from this weekend... Amelia is going to be adorable in these fun tights and socks! I had to call Mom before I made this purchase because she is a fellow dollar aisle shopper and Amelia is always getting fun treats from there. I was mighty proud I beat her to the punch this week!
These are not a Dollar Aisle purchase but they were so cute, we had to have them.
90% of everything new that enters our house these days requires some sort of battery. The other weekend Mom and I were changing out batteries in Amelia's gadgets and instead of throwing the old ones away she asked if I recycled my batteries. I had no idea you could do such a thing. I suppose it makes sense, but I don't know where to do it. I know where to take papers and plastics, but there is not a battery bin there.
It's not that I don't want to save the earth. I like the earth and would like it to say around as long as possible. I just have so much in the day, I don't feel like working in another step. There are some things we do:
Stroll... we live right smack in the middle of town (which I love more and more each day. It is worth the city bills, taxes, etc to be able to stroll to Walgreens, friends houses, restaurants, Daddy and Mommy's work and the ice cream shop) So we stroll so we don't pollute the environment
Recycle Publix Bags... I use those cute fabric Publix bags. I have 3 of them. When my groceries exceed I do get the plastic ones but I do 1 or 2 things with them. Either use them to line my diaper pail or bathroom trash cans or I take them back to Publix and put them in the recycling bin.
When we took the paper I did take it to the newspaper bins, but now we read it online when something interesting happens.
My husband raises organic grass fed cows. We are saving food and the land from chemicals (does that count?)
Umm... I think that's about it. Am I a terrible person? I think there are so many people on the bandwagon right now that it will be okay if I wait a little while to start the initiative. Don't get me wrong, I think it is all fantastic and I would love for all of you to recycle, I just don't yet. Maybe that will be a 2010 goal of mine. There are really only 2 things I will not do...
I will not stop taking baths to save water. I love my evening baths and I think would rather give up my bed and sleep on the floor than give up my baths.
I will not buy recycled Publix paper towels. The Hubs bought those the other day and they are TERRIBLE! I love most all Publix brand products but ugh, they remind me of those brown paper towels that were in my elementary school bathroom... Nonabsorbent sandpaper. I will stick with my Bounty select-a-size with the seasonal patterns thank you very much.
So, all of you that think I am depleting your earth, challenge me... with something easy... maybe I'll give it a whirl...
In the meantime, we'll just keep on a strollin'
On the way to church 11/8/09
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
After the check-up the fun was over and they sent us to the door marked immunizations. Now, I am fully aware that most children can not read that word but they sure as heck remember what is behind that special door each time they come for a visit. I mean, they start screaming in the chairs outside it because they know what they are doing there and what is about to happen. I'm not a doctor, but this does not seem like a very smart idea.
The nurse was really sweet but she broke my little girl's heart. It was almost a delayed reaction but she had a look of shock, then she poked that lip out and looked at her Daddy saying "How could you let this happen?!", then she wailed. And the nurse still had 2 more to go.
We made it out alive and well. Honestly, after seeing that poster of what children who don't get immunized and get the diseases look like, I was more than happy to put her through the fleeting pain. Some of that is down right gross!
Monday, November 2, 2009
Friday night my parents came to visit. We had told the birthday boy we'd just eat something at the house, but what he didn't know was his Mother-in-law was giving him a card with cash and a note that they were babysitting for us. He was so excited! We loaded up and met some friends of ours for dinner at our favorite steakhouse and had a fun time telling old stories for the umpteenth time. The kicker was after we sang happy birthday a random lady in the restaurant came by and said "You don't even look 40!" HAHAHA! Notice I said he's 32.. we hadn't even mentioned anything about an age. We all thought it was the funniest thing ever (the birthday boy wasn't as impressed).
Saturday it rained all day long. We made breakfast with my parents and spent the morning being lazy with them. They left about lunchtime and I went off to the kitchen to make a coconut birthday cake. I am not a huge fan, but my husband loves them and it was his birthday. I do have to say, it was pretty tasty.
Sunday The Comerford's bought us tickets to a play our local college was putting on, kept our daughter and had dinner ready for us when we got back! The play was Brigadoon and it was great! My boss was in it and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing him dance around in a kilt for 2 hours. HA! All joking aside, he did a fantastic job as well as the rest of the cast. When we got back to the Comerford's the clan was there and we all had dinner together.
So, while while The Hubby enjoyed his weekend celebration, so did I! Lots of great food, babysitting, alone time and family time. You really can't ask for much more.
Amelia and I worked really hard on her Daddy's present. Her little hand prints are supposed to be Red Angus cows. Daddy thought they looked more like dinosaurs!
I'm no Paula Dean but I think my cake was pretty darn good!
Happy, Happy Birthday to my most favorite person. He makes our world go 'round. Sometimes he sends me into a tailspin and then other times he knows just how to slow things down when it seems they are spinning out of control. I LOVE YOU!
Sunday, November 1, 2009
We had so many wonderful plans to go see friends but it did not happen. I was bound and determined to venture out and thought for sure she'd brighten up once she saw how cute she was, but not really. We went to Matt and Brittany's to see family and that went over really well! We hit our next stop about 7:00. She was really sleepy but content so we loaded up to go give some lovebug love to Jamie and Pete. That's when the lovebug turned into a stinkbug and decided she'd had enough. It really wasn't all that bad. She was just cranky and fussy and I was cold and damp so we just came on home. The bad thing is we had to sit in the dark because we didn't buy candy thinking we wouldn't be home and trick-or-treaters were swarming our street.
Considering the dogs lost, it rained all day and we were all sleepy, it really was a good night and Amelia was adorable. Next year we will be ready to go so start stocking up on the candy, we want the good stuff!
Taking a Halloween nap before the festivities
Heading out for some trick-or-treating
Under-cover (unsuccessful) operation to try and bring the Dawgs a victory
Thursday, October 29, 2009
It was such a fun night out with my handsome hubby! Doesn't he look great? Weight Watchers has stolen almost 50 pounds from him! I have to keep strolling to keep up with his good-looking self!
I really am never this serious
This is more like it.
Some 2nd Month Memories:
* Still loves to stroll
* Bathing is getting more and more fun. She now takes baths with Mommy and kicks all around. I think she is ready to swim
* Started smiling at 5 weeks and does it more and more
* Is still a lazy, laid-back baby most all day
* Is not laid-back from about 6:30 to 9. This is what we call the witching hour. It may or may not show up, but if she is going to cry and show out it's during this time. We just keep our fingers crossed
* Loves her mobile and her activity floor mat. She has started "talking" to the characters that hang down and tries to grab them. She can't purposely grab hold but gets really excited when she swats one.
* During the night she sleeps from about 9:30 to 6:30 and may wake up once around 3 or 4 for a little snack and falls straight back to sleep.
We just love this little girl to pieces!
We are now 2 weeks in and I am SO happy. First I love my job, not necessarily where I work (no offense) but I have lived in 3 cities doing what I do and I just love the nature of my work in general. Second, I really, really do love the people I work with. I am so glad to not only get to use my brain for grown-up tasks and conversations and problem solving, but I am really glad to see the faces of my co-workers everyday. I do know that I do not want to ever go back full time unless we need it to live, but I am so happy to be back in the action. This is my busiest time of the year at work and I have not worked it part-time so we'll see how hairy things get. Hopefully, I can keep my head on straight. I'm a little nervous about it, but excited too. I would so much rather be busy.
The downside... Amelia's sleepy time is in the morning. The child really does not get woken up good until about noon. When I was home I did all of my chores in the morning and the afternoon was our playtime. Now I work in the mornings and the afternoon is still our playtime. So, when does our house get cleaned? When I am hosting book club or Grandma is coming to visit. Now, understand that I am a neat freak and the house is "straight" most all the time, but really clean, not so much.
Our book club book this month is The Help. I am only on Chapter 3, but I really like it and would highly recommend it. Funny though, I sit in bed at night with a glass of wine reading a book about maids thinking, "Wow, I really should have cleaned today..." then I just take another sip and turn the page!
First day back. It was SO stinkin cold!
Amelia just thought it was another day at Nana's
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Update: Mommy walked in her room just to make sure she was still breathing and really just asleep. Yep, it woke her up.... back to square one...will try to not do that again.
All this is because I realized yesterday that I start back to work on MONDAY! BOO! I am really excited (ok, that's a little strong)... I do not mind and am somewhat looking forward to going back to work. It is so helpful that 1. I only work 9 to 1; 2. Amelia is staying with family & will be close by; 3. I really do love my job and the people I work for and with. The problem is I now have less than one week to love on my baby all day and get her sleeping at night. She is a wonderful sleeper, it's just getting her to fall asleep that is the problem. Unfortunately the 3am rocker parties have to cease when Mommy has to work during the day.
Update: 21 mins after wake-up and we have had silence for about 5 mins. I will not enter the room this time!
Well, I think I am going to bed to fall asleep to Andy Griffin reruns since my baby girl is asleep and my husband is consumed by a dumb shoot-em up boy movie in the living room.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Isn't she lovely?!
Though I seldom wear it in public (usually in the drive through line only) I always have it near by and almost always in my hair when I'm at home. I only have 1 lone survivor left and I'm thinking of buying more, but I'm sure they will not be the same. This one hot pink loop of goodness has been washed and worn to the perfect texture, it's like those old t-shirts you can't throw out. As much as I love my Chi straightening iron, aquage hairspray and Pureology shampoo and conditioner (I'm not afraid to admit I spend a good amount of money to have sub-par hair), nothing beats pulling up the good morning mess in my scrunchie for the the day. Sure ponytail holders are classier or whatever, but OH the headaches! Never does my dear hot pink friend make my head feel like someone has been trying to pull my brains out the back of my head all day.
So girls, what do you think? Let's bring the scrunchies back!!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Even though it is a gift to Amelia, it has been a wonderful reminder to her Mommy as well. Whether it's rocking a crying baby in the middle of the night, having some afternoon crib-time smiling at the mobile, seeing those blue eyes first thing in the morning or walking into the nursery to change a stinky diaper we are reminded that The Lord has a great and awesome plan for our little girl. No matter what is going on, He gave this gift to us. He will guide us through the storms and smile with us during all of the wonderful times.
Some other wonderful nursery decor...
Our friend, Jennifer painted Amelia this to match her bedding. It is a perfect match and looks so great in her room. She is SO talented!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Thank you a million times to Trey for buying ponchos ahead of time because believe it or not, we all stayed dry except for the bottoms of our legs. Luckily we were wearing flip flops so we didn't have soppy feat. We walked into the seats with the sound of the trumpet playing and chills of excitement (mixed with cold chills) went all over me. I really think that little pregame trumpet solo is my most favorite part of the whole game.
By half-time the nostalgia had worn off but the boys were staying put. The rain had let up and I was pretty much dry but I was so cold and I swear my feat almost fell off. We played terrible and my husband embarrassed the holy heck out of me by yelling at and about the team THE WHOLE GAME. Seriously, if you have ever watched football with him you get it but this was extreme even for him. By the 3rd quarter we were tied and I did not care who won as long as someone scored and we did not have to sit through overtime. Luckily the Dawgs pulled it out with a field goal with 2 seconds left on the clock.
We walked back to the car and before I could thaw out we were back at my parents in my warm bed. It was all worth it and fun, but is it too much to ask for a pretty day for all football games?
OH, I also had the pleasure of pumping in the car on the drive up and back and at the tailgate (in the car behind tinted windows of course). Now that was a new experience! haha I am officially a Mother... and wouldn't change a thing! :o)
Sweet Family before the rain (my child has the goofiest faces)
Getting ready for game time
We really needed red ponchos
We have had such a fun month. We have no idea what we are doing a lot of the time, but we are starting to figure it out. Everyone says loving a child is a love you've never felt before and they are right. We can not imagine life with out this sweet little girl. Here are some memories from the 1st month...
~ She is very good sleeper averaging about 6 or more hours a night. The deepest sleep is about 3am to 7am and she is very lazy until about noon. It's very hard for her to wake up in the mornings and she is VERY dramatic about it
~ She fights sleep at night. It takes a good hour starting around 10:30pm to get her to sleep. Her "witching hours" :) are from about 6:30 to 11. She is just fussy and fidgety during those hours and has to be entertained a lot. It's not every night and not the whole time, but we just hold our breath and keep our fingers cross during this time
~ She slept in her carseat in the crib for the first 3 weeks
~ She is the most expressive baby I have ever seen. She has a million of them and always has a funny face. She started smiling more at 4 weeks, but it is on her own time. We can't get her to react to us with a smile all that much yet.
~ She loves to ball up when you hold her but sleeps stretched out with her hands either at her face or above her head
~ She started really trying holding her head up at 3 weeks and she has the strongest little legs. She kicks all the time and if you have her laying on your belly she'll just keep kicking climbing all the way up over your shoulder.
~ Some favorite things to do:
*laying in the crib looking at her mobile
*strolling around the neighborhood and to Daddy's office
*walking around in her sling
*she likes to swing but gets bored with it easily
*being naked! :)
*the bouncy seat
*putting on clothes. This is a big fight!
That's really about it. She is generally a very happy baby and is easy to please.
Well, at least I got this posted before she is 2 months old. Her Daddy and I got together and compared all these notes and I finally got them on here. Since she is now 6 weeks old as I'm typing this, I can already tell how much she is changing. It is so exciting and so sad. It all is happening so fast!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
On Monday Amelia turned one month old... I need to post those pictures... maybe by the end of the week. Yesterday we had a birthday celebration by going shopping and having dinner with friends. My little girl is so, so good and has given us a wonderful month. We got 3 cute new headbands for her bows from our friend Kami's spa (If you are nearby check out Farasha. She has the cutest children's clothes and accessories, one of a kind cuteness at that!) After shopping we came home and got beans, rolls and salad ready to take to our friends Katy and Molly. The men-folk at our houses had Gridiron so Katy and I joined together to make dinner for us girls. Molly and Amelia are a week and a half apart and they are going to be the best of friends, they cry in such sweet harmony! haha The little girls let us have a great dinner then we went for a stroll which was another success. Somewhere around 8 or 8:30 the little girls started breaking down so Amelia and I decided to come on home.
This is where the drama begins!
My child fussed and did not stop. I have called screaming "fussing" in the past, but this was really just fussing. Not hungry, no gas, clean diaper, just fighting sleep and fussing. She'd be wide-eyed and smiling then start to fall asleep and then get SO mad about it and wake herself up. Daddy came in the door at 10 and took over. I look another shift at 11:00, Daddy took her back about 11:45, my turn at 12:30. At 1am I hurt all over, even my toenails and hair hurt, I was so tired. At 1:07 (isn't it funny how you can remember exact times in the middle of the night? Can you do that? I can, it's so weird) we decided to get in the car and go for a drive, it was the only option we hadn't tried. Sweet Daddy offered to go with us, but I left him at home to try and rest before he had to go to work. I was really nervous to drive because I was so sleepy and delirious and so mad and upset at the situation, but it was my only hope. I kissed my fussy little girl and prayed for safety and off we went. We drove all over the streets of our little town and finally she gave it up. I walked through the door and there sat my husband waiting up for his girls. We acknowledged she was asleep, exchanged a look of utter exhaustion and I was off to bed. I laid down on my pillow and cried myself to sleep. I cried because I was tired, I cried because my body hurt and I cried because I felt so guilty for being so mad at this sweet little girl who just wanted to stay up.
I was informed this morning by an incredible friend and Mommy that I did a good job. And that apparently this Mommy guilt, while it is a good thing because it shows you care, will never go away. I am sure there will be many sleepless nights and many tears on that pillow, but it's okay. I wouldn't trade it for anything. The alarm went off this morning at 7:00 and I looked at my husband and said "well, we made it". We had a sleepy smile and started a new day. He made fruit smoothies and I made coffee and it's Wednesday and Tuesday has passed. There is no way I could have done it by myself. Amelia completely kicked our butts but the Comerford team played a good game and gave it our best shot. How can a little over 9 pounds take out 2 grown adults?!
Our house is exhausted this morning. Unfortunately, Daddy had to go to work.
8:46 am and the house is quiet. I have bathed and got myself together. Now I am refueling with my coffee cup
This is how Amelia came in from her car-ride. I would not risk waking her so she is still this way. She is still asleep and I will let her stay that way as long as she feels necessary. I just walk in and make sure she's still breathing. She is, I suppose she is just worn-out from the battle.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
We leave in one hour and fifteen minutes to go pick up our little girl. While I had a WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL weekend I am so excited to get my hands on her I can't hardly stand it. I think every mother should take these breaks. I am convinced that your sanity and marriage needs it (at least mine does and I'm okay with that). Plus, it's always nice to miss someone you love every now and then.
I am so thankful for my parents. I know it is a gift for them to have this time with their Grand-daughter but oh, what a gift to us. They are amazing people for a million different reasons. Amelia is so blessed to have such a wonderful family surrounding her.
I'm going to refill the coffee cup and curl up on the couch for about 30 mins.
Have a wonderful Sunday!
Friday, September 18, 2009
I am going to be an honest Mommy and tell you that the only thing I feel guilty about is that I do not feel guilty about letting her go. They were probably not at the end of the street when I opened a beer. I danced all the way down the hallway to the shower and didn't have to rush to bathe. It's the simple pleasures in life, right?! While I love my little girl with every single particle of my being, I know she is in good hands. Also, in case you can't tell I am completely in love with my husband and am SO excited to have a weekend of us.
I'm sure I will have miss her a ton this weekend and I will be antsy as can be to get my lips on her sweet little face Sunday morning, but right now I'm relaxing.
4 Weeks Old - Headed to Grandma and Grandpa's for the weekend
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Amelia turned 2 weeks old on a Friday, fussed all night Saturday, and slept in on Sunday to recoup. We left Sunday afternoon to go to my parents for a few days and she was great. Not only was Amelia great, but my Mom was a lifesaver. I think I held my baby girl a total of 30 mins from Sunday to Wednesday afternoon. She slept with my parents and Mom would bring her in to nurse then whisk her away again. I did miss her even though I was looking at her most all day from across the living room. But I did not miss her enough to take her from her Grandma. In fact, it was a little nice to give my loving arms a rest and just stare at her from across the room. I got so much sleep and finished reading my book for book club.
By the way, please take the time to read Same Kind of Different As Me. You will not regret it! Seriously, go pick it up.
Anyway, we had the best time and I was dreading leaving all day Wednesday. I missed my husband and missed being at home but I was not ready to leave Grandma. Amelia had a breakdown on Tuesday night ~aka gas~ and Grandma just handled it. She knows SO many things that I just do not have a clue about. I fought back tears all the way home and when I told my Hubby my dilemma he put on his Daddy face and said "You have me here, it's okay." I looked at him completely serious with a quivering lip and said, "But we have no idea what we are doing!"
I walked out the door to go to bookclub (which was my saving grace for the day) and was comforted by a group of awesome women, some who are Mommies and some who are not. When I gave the run-down of my last two weeks emphasizing on the rough recent days every single one of the Mommies said "Oh yeah, almost 3 weeks, she woke up." She woke up? What does that mean? I have since learned that you get about 2 weeks off to regroup and recuperate before the little ones realize they are here to stay and start testing their lungs, sleep and your patience because they know you can't take them back. :)
We still have a wonderful baby who all in all is really not that fussy. We have some bad days here and there, but honestly there are days and nights where I'd sit around and cry until I couldn't breathe if I thought I could get away with it. With the help of a husband I thought I couldn't love any more that I already did (until I saw him as the sweetest Daddy on earth), a Mother who gets to return the favor her Mother gave to her and help me raise my sweet girl, a Mother-in-Law who surprises me by showing up on Thursday morning so I can have a day to take care of myself and get my closet back to normal and a handful of incredible women as a support system, advice line and constant source of encouragement, I think I'm going to be a good Mommy. At least I'm going to give it my very best. It does help that even on the rough days, I still have the cutest little lovebug I've ever seen in my whole life!
3 Weeks Old - We get this look a lot. haha She's a little lazy and likes to peek at us. It's awfully cute. Maybe she can be a pirate for Halloween.
"The truth about it is, whether we is rich or poor or somethin in between, this earth ain't no final restin place. So in a way, we is all homeless-just workin our way toward home." Same Kind Of Different As Me.
Next season we may have to invest in some earmuffs. If you have ever watched a Georgia game with her Daddy you understand. She couldn't figure out all the fussing when we won. He is confusing the child...
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Oh, and pray for a Dawgs win too! We will probably need all the help we can get for Daddy to stay sane tonight... :o)
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Amelia celebrated her 2 week birthday by sleeping through the entire Granger game.. we won
Off to Target
Amelia - 1 Week Old
Our first week was quite boring. We came home on Sunday, August 23rd. That was a chaotic day and night so we won't go into detail. It was Grand Central Station in the Comerford house. We were all 3 tired and overwhelmed. After Sunday it was smooth sailing. In fact, I was ready to go back to work because I was bored silly. Instead I just sat around and stared at this sweet, precious face. Ben had the week off so it was just us 3 and it was very relaxing.
Monday, August 31, 2009
What I've learned in week 1 is that my child does not like me to be on the computer. They say a picture can say a thousand words, I sure hope so. I will type as long as the sweet bundle of love allows. This is a condensed version of the arrival of Amelia.
It turns out the "back spasms" I was having on 8/20 were early contractions. I called my friend, Isa, who is a labor and delivery nurse to find out what she thought was going on. She said to drink a ton of water and walk around, if they were false they would go away. They did not. Thankfully, they did not get really intense until about 11:30pm so I could finish Project Runway! :) The Hubby had been at Gridiron and when he got home I had my watch, pen and paper timing contractions. His "what do we do now" expression was priceless. After pacing around the house and getting in and out of the bathtub I decided it was time to go to the hospital.
We arrived at the hospital about 2:30am and by 5:00am on 8/21 I had my epidural and was sitting pretty. I have a whole new appreciation for women who do not use pain medicine. I have no idea why you would do that to yourself, but kudos to you because I am not that strong at all! A little after 7:30 the 2nd best part of the day walked through my door, ISA! She is a sweet, sweet friend of ours and was able to be there for our entire day and deliver our sweet baby girl into this world (with the help of Dr. Bowie, of course. ha!). I was so worried that I would go into labor when someone else was on duty, but The Good Lord worked it out for us. Dr. Bowie is absolutely amazing and was so encouraging during the whole delivery. I suppose you would have to know both Isa and Dr. Bowie to understand, but there was just this calm spirit in the room during the madness they call birth. They are both Christians and amazing people, but I now see that they are also outstanding at their profession. Amelia was so blessed to be welcomed into our world by the team that delivered her.
Amelia's Daddy was indescribably perfect. From him trying his best to console and help me through contractions, to keeping me company during those long hours of waiting, to being right there as we watched the little person we created come out to join us. I joke that he looked at the whole thing like a science experiment, but he really did. He was so excited and in awe of what was going on.
My Mom was superwoman. We had a lot of family in and out during the day, but Mom stayed there constant. Not sitting on the couch but usually pacing around my bed taking care of me. I can't imagine what it is like to be in anticipation of your daughter birthing your Grand-daughter. I knew she was amazing, but the nurses and her son-in-law raved about her all day. We all agree that the day could not have happened without her. I think she could have a job at the hospital if she wanted one! :)
I was blessed with a great labor, delivery and recovery. Either I am made to have babies or I got lucky and should stop while I'm ahead!
So that's our Labor Day in a nutshell. Here are pictures to tell the story:
Sweet smiles, but wondering if we are ever going to be ready to birth this child.
Isa capturing Daddy looking at his little girl for the first time.