Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Audrey is out of her harness now. I can't remember if I blogged that, but 3 weeks ago we had a checkup and the doctor said her hips are strong and beautiful and she no longer needs to be in the harness! Yay! We were all very relieved. We have another checkup in January just to follow up and make sure things are looking good. She also had her two month checkup at her pediatrician's today. She is 14 lbs and 5oz, and is 23 inches long! Big Girl! I actually thought she was over 15 lbs. Close, but not quite. She got three vaccines today, so she has been sleepy all day...which was fine with me. :) I just laid down with her and got to enjoy a long, cuddly nap.
Audrey and I traveled back to Dallas for Thanksgiving and she was wonderful on both flights again. It took a couple of days once we were there for her to settle back into her routine with naps and everything, but once she did settle we had a great time. Thanksgiving was at Grandma Bobi's house and it was great to see everyone. Mom and Grandma decorated the house beautifully and the food was amazing.Cristina loves baby A. Baby A loves Cristina, too.
I am returning to work two weeks from today. Luckily, I go back on a Friday so I will only have to be away from her one day. Joshua is going to stay home with her that day, and the following week she will be with Lisa for three days and with Joshua two days. Then on Monday, December 27, my little baby will start going to daycare. I am not looking forward to this day at all. I knew it would be hard, but not this hard. I went and toured some centers yesterday and today. Joshua and I toured one while I was pregnant and we loved it, but I wanted to check out some other places too, to make sure we chose the right one for Audrey. One of them was $2100 a month!! That's more than college tuition!!! Daaaaang. After touring 4 places, I went back today to the first place we toured back in June and decided it was the one for us. It is more expensive than the others (except the $2100 one!), but I felt much more at ease when I walked in and was able to see what the children were doing. I didn't like walking into an infant room and seeing three babies sitting in swings that weren't turned on and didn't have any toys. They were just sitting there. Another place had a room so small that the children looked like they couldn't even all be on the floor playing at the same time because there just wasn't room. I'm sure there are things I will not like about the daycare I chose for her, but I do feel like it is the best place for Audrey at this time, since I can't be with her. We introduced the bottle to Audrey recently, to get her ready for daycare. She seems to do ok with it. It takes her much longer to eat than when I nurse her, but I guess that is just because she is still getting used to it. Here is Daddy enjoying dinnertime with his little girl...
We are going to visit Santa Clause tomorrow at the mall. Yay! I am definitely looking forward to this first Christmas with Audrey. I know she won't know what is going on, but I will be sure to take many pictures so she can look at them when she is older, and so you all can be a part of it.
Lauren will be home in 21 days!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Lexi's baby shower was great!! She had lots of family and friends show up and they showered Tiernan with many gifts! Aside from the weight lifting competition going on in the room next door at the hotel, the shower was perfect. Here are some pics:
Wish you were here Lauren!!! Although the trip was short, it was really great to see the family and for Audrey to meet everyone. But, it was exhausting!!! I realized how much Audrey really needs consitency every day. She was so tired and didn't sleep well while we were there, not naps nor at night. That carried over into the week following the trip. It seems like we've just recovered from it actually, and now we're getting ready to go back in a few days!
I've been getting letters from Lauren and it is so nice to know that she is doing well. She will hopefully be home for Christmas, which would be perfect!!! It has been much harder without her than I expected it to be. I realized the other day that this has been the longest we've gone without seeing each other since 2002. And we still have 5 more weeks.
Audrey is 8 weeks old today. It feels like it is flying by, but at the same time I feel like she is older than only 8 weeks. Maybe it is because she's so big, I'm not sure. I am loving every minute of being home with her and am sad that I only have 4 weeks left. It is going to be really hard to be away from her and not know what she's doing all day. Maybe one day I will be able to stay home with her, but now is not the time. She has started smiling for me. It is the most wonderful thing. It is usually in the morning, right after she wakes up. I love rolling over and seeing her face light up when she sees me. There's really nothing like that. Here she is enjoying playtime
Last Friday we went to see the orthopedic doc and we got great news! Audrey's hips are looking great and she is FREE from the harness forever! We are going back in 2 months for a follow up, but the doctor said for right now, she is right where she needs to be. Thank goodness that is over, it was not fun! And now she can kick her legs and work on rolling over!!
She is sleeping with Daddy right now so I need to take advantage of that and get some things done around here. Love you all and I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Friday, November 5, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
This morning Lauren, Audrey, and I went to get Lauren's hair cut short. The Navy requires that her hair is shorter than her collar so Lauren wanted to get it done professionally rather than have it all chopped off once she arrives at boot camp. I'd estimate she got around 8 inches cut off.
Funny thing...Audrey usually cries when Lauren holds her. But today, for the first time ever, she actually let Lauren rock her to sleep. Maybe that was Audrey's going away gift for Aunt Lauren.
Last lunch before Lauren leaves home... So CHEERS to you LAUREN!!!! We are all so proud of you for choosing to change your life. We know you will succeed and we are all anxiously waiting for you to return home a proud sailor.
Make yourself proud. You've already made all of us proud.
Beth, Joshua, Audrey, Pussycat, Frank, and Dora
Friday, October 22, 2010
People keep asking me if she sleeps through the night. I think that is a strange thing to ask considering she is 4 weeks old and needs to eat every 3-4 hours, and sometimes more. But to answer the question, no she doesn't. I usually put her down around 11 and she'll wake up between 2 and 3. Then she'll sleep again until 6 or 7. That's pretty reasonable for me, only one nighttime feeding. A couple of nights this week she has been up every two hours though. I think she is waking up due to gas and not hunger. She screams and her face gets really red and she pulls her legs up like she is completely miserable. I hate that, I feel so bad for her. I am working on getting my burping technique down so she won't have to be so uncomfortable.
We went yesterday and had some photos taken by a friend of Lisa's at Manassas Battlefield. Despite it being a chilly and windy morning, we had fun and hopefully got some good shots. I will post them once she edits them and sends them to me. She already sent me a couple of preview shots, but I'm going to make you all wait to see them! While we all wait, here are some photos to hold you over:
Aunt Cristina and Baby Audrey
Pretty baby girl..."Stop messing with me!!!"Milk Drunk!That's all for now. Josh goes back to work on Monday and Lauren leaves for Basic Training on Tuesday, so next week will be my first with just Audrey and me. Should be interesting! We have two doctor's appointments, so wish me luck with getting Audrey out and about all on my own! I will give you all updates and let you know that Little A survived the week with me.
Beth, Joshua, Audrey, Dora, Pussycat, and Frank
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Wednesday we had Audrey's appointment with the orthopedic specialist. First, I really like the doctor so that is good. And when we told our pediatrician who the specialist was, she told us that she's one of the best in the area and that we are in good hands. :) Basically, the doc confirmed what the first ultrasound said - that her hips are simply loose in the socket. She felt around and said it doesn't feel like it is bad, but she ordered another ultrasound to be done next week to see how much progress has been made since the last one. She put Audrey back in the horrible harness for the time being, saying that she may not need it depending on what the ultrasound shows. Or, she might have to continue wearing it for a few weeks. Luckily, this one is a million times easier to use than the one we were given at the hospital. She does seem uncomfortable in it since she can't stretch her legs, but I guess that is the point. It won't be for long and it is better to get it done with now than have to deal with it in the future. The doctor said many times the hips will fix themselves without the harness, but it is better to be sure and use the harness.Then on Thursday we had Audrey's 2 week checkup! Two weeks already!?! We went to a different pediatrician this time because I didn't like the feel I got with the first one. WOW what a difference it was!!! This office is much more intimate, has a personal feel to it, warm, welcoming. It is definitely somewhere I feel comfortable taking Audrey. She now weighs 9 lbs 2 oz and is almost 21 inches long. Strong heart, strong lungs, good lookin' eyes and ears!! Great checkup!
In other news, I was browsing Craigslist.com on Wednesday just for fun and came across an ad for baby girl clothes. I contacted the lady and yesterday I drove to Alexandria and picked up a box of 320 pieces of clothing, sizes 0-12months, for $80!!! It is sooooo much stuff! It is mostly onesies and pants, but she had a bunch of other stuff too like dresses and skirts that I didn't even look at. I figured 320 pieces should last us. Some of it I will just resell or pass along to someone else because it is either too small already or it is the wrong season for her size. Still, you can't beat $80. I love finding good deals. :)
Today I put on my wrap for the first time. Cheryle bought this for Joy when Ian was born and Joy passed it along to me. I love it! Josh helped me get Audrey in there nice and snug and I was able to do laundry and eat my breakfast without having to worry about what she was doing. I think she liked it too because she was able to look around at everything while I was working. She fell asleep within 10 minutes too, so I guess it is comfortable.
Love you all! xoxo
Elizabeth, Joshua, and Audrey
Saturday, October 2, 2010
We got up that day and did some last minute packing, cleaning, and other things that we wanted to finish before heading off to the hospital. We took some "pre-baby pictures" and one final baby bump picture. We were both anxious and nervous and so excited! We were giddy! Here is us right before heading in to the hospital...
We spent about 2 hours in triage while they pumped me full of fluids and monitored our vitals. Then around 11:30 we walked over to the operating room where Josh had to wait outside. I went in and got my epidural, which I hated. Once they split Josh and I up, I got really scared. I was right on the edge of crying the whole time until he finally came in, after they had made the first incision. Overall, I hated having a c-section and hope to never have one again, but I am so glad that Audrey got here safely and was healthy and happy.
Here is our very first family photo. It is my favorite of all the pictures we have...the smile Josh has in his eyes and peeking out from his mask...the way she smelled right then...the overwhelming emotions I had...it was all so perfect.
The hospital stay was actually pretty great. The Birthing Inn where we delivered was awesome - the nurses were so helpful, everyone was kind and patient with us, even the food was yummy! Here is the very proud Papa:Headed Home, Audrey's first car ride:
So much more happened this week that I can't even begin to write it all. Every day is a blessing with her.
Beth, Joshua, and Audrey