Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Things to remember

 Isabella at one week old can almost roll over.  What??  Yep, she is one squirmy child.  She gets on her sides and if her arms didn't get in the way, she would end up on her belly.  She also scoots like no other.  In a few minutes she can go from parallel in her crib to perpendicular.  To think I used to lay Spencer on the bathroom counter to take showers etc...there is no way I can do that with Isabella!  
The other day Spencer goes up to my Mom and asks if she can help him put money in his bank.  She looks and he has a five dollar bill, so she gets curious as to where he got it.  He proudly announced that he got it out of daddy's wallet!  He was much more disappointed when Daddy wasn't thrilled about his find and made him give it back!  =)  Spencer was also recently found to be in possession of Jean's wedding ring.  Watch out for my little klepto!  

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Life as I know it

All ready to go home from the hospital.
I need to get more pictures with Isabella, I think this is the only one I have.
Proof to my Dad that she does have ears. And check out that hair.
Love her.
Notice how good Spencer already is about sharing his toys with Isabella.
Our little glow worm.
Okay, so not the best quality of pictures and I look awful, but Spencer really enjoyed taking them and loves to look at them, so here they are for the world to see!

Nap/bed time is turning into a constant fight with Spencer. Bribery seems to be the only way. As long as he doesn't bang and kick his bedroom door, I can keep most of my sanity.

Isabella is jaundice. Bili lights for her. She hates the bili bed. Hates it. But as long as I don't velcro her in, she tolerates it. Her bilirubin got pretty high and it was quite concerning how lethargic and unresponsive she was, but we seem to be on the mend. She is getting more and more alert again, will wake up to eat and our nerves are getting calmer. So grateful that Jean was able to give her a blessing and we avoided having to take her back to the hospital. hopefully only one more day of the bili bed.

Jean has been so good to me. He is amazing. It is cute to see how much he loves being a father. He loves to play with Spencer and adore Isabella. This is quite a year of changes for us (Jean starting a new job, starting his Master's, us moving twice, building a home, Isabella, etc) and I would not want to do it with anyone else.

My house is slightly stressing me out. We are moving in twoish weeks (I already know that I am crazy...) and trying to slowly get things ready everyday so it is not so overwhelming. But that leaves me with a garage that is slowly being overcome with boxes, no pictures on the walls so we can patch holes, and the items that are not essentials slowly disappearing from shelves, closets and cupboards. If you know me, I like things in their proper place and out of sight hidden, so basically I can only enter the garage if necessary and avoid seeing how much stuff we have. Gone are the days when I can fit all my belongings in a vehicle at any given time. Oh well, life is good and I am blessed, I just need to remember that.

Yesterday while I took Isabella to the doctor, my Mom was watching Spencer. He was supposed to be napping (see above) but was playing so my Mom went to check on him. She noticed the room smelled weird, Spencer was undressed and both he and the room looked a little greasy. Upon asking what he was playing with, Spencer said he would show her and climbed under the bed and pulled out a bottle of A&D ointment (ps, the only acceptable/truly effective thing to put on diaper rashes). He found it in his closet and decided to smear it on everything. My mom asked if there was anything else and he then produced an open bottle of supositories that he had been using to "draw" on his chalkboard. Glad my mom is so patient! =) Glad she is here too. She has been so helpful and good to have around.

Breastfeeding takes forever. And hurts. Post pregnancy weight is disappointing. Moving in the right direction, but seriously disappointing. Not cool to still look prego. Also, this darn swelling could go away. Oh well. Speaking of breastfeeding, Isabella is ready to go, so I gotta go.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Welcome baby Isabella!!

Oh we love little Isabella. And isn't my little family so cute!!

Spencer really likes Isabella and wants to constantly hold her and take pictures of her!

Daddy's little girl

Big yawn

Grandma Davidson with Isabella
She is so sweet and even tempered. She has this little half of a cry, that you don't get to hear much because she seems so content.

She was born April 13, 2012 (Friday the 13th) at 11:10 pm. She weighs 7 lbs 13 oz and is 19.5 inches long. I got to the hospital in the morning to start my induction.  The pitocin was running by 8:30, penicillan by 9:00, and my water was broken at 12:30.  I was not sure when I should get the epidural, but the doctor recommended after they break my water as that usually helps things progress, so I got it at about 1:30.  But after a long day of waiting for the pitocin to really work wonders on my cervix, I was finally dilated and ready to start pushing right before 11 pm. So grateful that I only had to push for 10 minutes! And she was even posterior. The doctor was able to turn her pretty quickly and she came right out. I was also grateful that the epidural went in without any complications. I was a lucky girl! I was a little discouraged that my cervix was taking forever and showing little to no progess throughout the day, but glad once I got to a seven finally it was no time before I was ready to push. Anyway, we were so glad to meet this precious little girl and are really enjoying her quite a bit!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Goodbye mother of one...

Tomorrow (if all goes as planned) I will become a mother of two. I guess technically I already am, but it doesn't really feel like it since I have yet to meet Isabella face to face. Hopefully, I don't get sent home from my induction tomorrow like I did last time. Hopefully having my membranes stripped this morning gets things rolling. Hopefully, my cervix cooperates and stops acting as the pro fortress it has been and allows things to move right on along. Hopefully, things don't take as long as they did with Spencer. Like for example, it would be nice if the anesthesiologist can get the epidural to work before attempting six times. Because now I know that it is not normal to have to stick the needle in six times before it works, however, first time around I was blissfully ignorant. And it would be nice to not have to push for two hours and fifty five minutes this time. It would be nice to avoid another episiotomy too. But really, I guess I am getting demanding (blame it on being nine months prego). I just want to meet Isabella and have her be healthy. I can't wait to meet her with Jean and then get to introduce her to Spencer. How fun to turn a family of three into four. Stay tuned for pictures soon (hopefully)!!