Evie: 2 Months Update

Dear Sweet Baby Girl,

We’ll probably say it every month that passes, but time is flying.  We’re having a hard time believing that two months have already come and gone.  Over the past month you’ve changed so much.  Throughout your first month you ate, soiled countless diapers, and slept.  But over the past month you’ve done much, much more.  Your dad and I thought it would be fun to write your monthly updates in a letter format so one day you can look back and read them yourself.

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Since we brought you home from the hospital you’ve been out of the house almost daily.  The first six weeks we stuck close to home because your doctors advised us to give your immune system time to develop and avoid public places.  I loved taking you {and Charlie} for walks around the neighborhood or going to visit your grandmomma.

Since you turned 6-weeks-old you’ve been a lot more adventurous…  You’ve met many of our friends, celebrated your dad and uncle’s birthdays, attended your first Thanksgiving dinner, met your great-grandparents, visited the chiropractor, went to your first Christmas tree lighting, cheered me on at my first postpartum 5K race, slept through your first shopping trip, and partied the night away at your first Christmas party.  You’ve been all over town!

Around six weeks you started gripping things.  Once you have something in your hand {especially your Wubbanub’s neck}, you refuse to let go.  You and your giraffe go everywhere together.

You favor your right side.  You tilt your head to the right and grip everything with your right hand.  We’re betting you’ll be a righty just like the both of us.

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A day before you turned 7-weeks-old I had to take you to your first “sick” doctors visit.  It started with a stuffy nose and then one morning you woke up and your eye was crusted shut.  I feared you had caught something like pink eye, but thankfully the doctor said that it wasn’t serious.  Your tear ducts are the size of a pin needle so she instructed me to massage them whenever you ate.  Your dad set up the humidifier in the bedroom which has also helped.

Whenever we change your diaper you kick your legs {A LOT!} and babble “ah ah aaah!”  We babble right back and you smile.  It’s like our secret language.  Speaking of diapers, you’re currently wearing a size 1, but most likely will move up a size within the next week or two.  Same goes for clothes -  you’re wearing 0 – 3 months, but not for much longer.  You’re packing on the pounds like a champ!

You cried through your first bath at home, but bath time has become one of your favorite activities.  I sing “Rubber Ducky” and you smile.

During tummy time you love to listen to music, especially female signers like Taylor Swift which is my fault because I sang her songs to you repeatedly while you were in my belly.  You can hold your head up for about a minute and are starting to look around the room.

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Your brother Charlie refuses to leave your side.  Every time we come home from an adventure he runs to the door and we put your car seat on the ground for him to check in and give you a kiss.  During the day he sits by your side and keeps a watchful eye.  Your dad and I see you two being the best of friends.

Your dad takes over in the afternoons when I tutor.  The first month you weren’t your happiest in the afternoons, but things have gotten better.  I think he’s read you Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss every day for the past two weeks.

You’ve only had two times of fussiness, but those two times were tough – really tough, on all of us.  The first was at night and it was by far the hardest night that we’ve experienced.  You cried for almost two hours while I tried to calm you.  I tried changing your diaper, rocking you in my arms, singing, swaddling you tight, wearing you in the carrier, dancing, burping, feeding, sitting in the glider…  Nothing worked.  The only thing that momentarily brought you relief was when I danced with you in the bathroom with the shower running.  We danced until the mirrors steamed up and there was no more hot water.  The second time was in the afternoon and again, the only thing that helped was dancing in the steamy bathroom.

You are so loved.

XO, Momma & Dad

P.S.  I sing “You Are My Sunshine” to you daily.  I started singing it to you the day you were born.  It’s our song.

Read past updates…

Evie: 1 Month Update

— Allison

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Thanksgiving 2014

Happy {day after} Thanksgiving!  I hope y’all had a wonderful holiday with your families and friends.

Yesterday morning while I was rocking Evie, I was struck with a strong feeling of thankfulness. Every year there’s something to be thankful for, but this year I feel more thankful than ever…

Ryan – for his devotion.
Evie – our little miracle baby.
Charlie – for his unconditional love.
Family – for their support.
Friends – for their generosity.
My body – for its strength.
My health – for defying the odds.
My career – for giving me a sense of fulfillment.
Travel – for making my life rich.

We celebrated at my momma’s house with a few family friends. I’ve been in charge of cooking the turkey and a few side dishes since high school and despite having 5-week-old, I kept that responsibility going.  I love spending time in the kitchen, especially during the holiday season.

Every year I mean to share a few of our favorite recipes, but for one reason or another, it never happens.  This year I wasn’t able to share any because of computer troubles, also why I haven’t shared Evie’s birth story {part II}.  Thank goodness I married an IT guy…  I think Ryan got everything back up and running.

Last night everyone brought their appetite because there were hardly any leftovers.  I’m not typically a big fan of leftovers, but I make an exception for Thanksgiving leftovers.  I’m hoping to remake a few dishes this weekend while the Thanksgiving ingredients are still in stores so we have some things to munch on and I can share the recipes with y’all.

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Question:  Did you travel for the holiday?  Where do you typically celebrate?

Question:  What’s your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?

— Allison

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An Early Birth Day {Part I}

Saturday, October 18th started out as any typical Saturday does in our house.  With Ryan still asleep, I enjoyed a cup of my favorite vanilla biscotti coffee, a leisurely pancake breakfast, and took Charlie for a walk around the neighborhood…  But the rest of the day wasn’t so typical.

Around 7AM, while walking Charlie, I was on the phone with my momma when all of a sudden it felt like I peed my pants.  It was such an awkward feeling, I started giggling!  It’s hard to describe, but as an adult I feel as if I have a good idea of when I need to go to the bathroom, how long I can hold it, and when it’s an emergency.  This time was an exception – I had no warning and when I tried to hold it in I had no control.  When I told my momma she laughed and said “Put a pad on.”

We had a few hours before we had to leave for our birthing class, so I began working on our baby shower thank you cards.  After an hour passed I realized that what I felt earlier wasn’t stopping…  Every time I stood up it felt like I was peeing and I had no control over it.  Ryan and I thought it would be wise to call our doctor.  An answering service took my call and paged our doctor.

Ryan was already in the mindset that we needed to go to the hospital so he frantically began to pack our bags.  I on the other hand was not thoroughly convinced.  I was told by numerous people that first babies tend to come late and I didn’t want to be like the girl in Father of the Bride when she goes to the hospital for “false alarms.”  Plus, at our appointment on Wednesday I wasn’t dilated, at all.

About an hour later our doctor called.  She thought it would be good for us to head to the hospital just in case and she would meet us there.  We opted to take the scenic route rather than the highway since I felt fine, but as we got closer to the hospital I started to feel uncomfortable.  My abdomen began to ache and no matter what I did, I couldn’t get comfortable.

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When we arrived at the hospital it was close to 11AM.  We checked in and went straight up to the triage unit.  I was able to still walk and talk, but felt more uncomfortable by the minute.  When we got upstairs we were put in a curtained room.  A nurse came by to check my vitals and to see if I was dilated…  I was 3 cm.  And moments later there was a huge rush.  It was undeniable – I didn’t pee my pants, my water broke.

Shortly after, the nurse wheeled us off to the labor and delivery unit where my momma and Ryan’s sister met us.  We were all in disbelief that today was the day we would meet our little miracle baby.

Since we didn’t create a birth plan and we were supposed to attend our birthing class that same day, we just went with the flow.  We never talked about things like who I wanted in the room with me, whether or not I wanted an epidural, what position I wanted to be in while delivering, etc.  Looking back on it, I think it was better that we didn’t have a plan because I’m the type of person who likes to plan everything and if things don’t go as planned, I get antsy.

The time in the delivery room is mostly a blur.  The first half of the afternoon I was focused on getting my pain under control since the first epidural didn’t work.  I was death gripping the bed arm rials and couldn’t find any position that felt comfortable.  It’s hard to describe what the contractions felt like – it was a pain unlike anything that I felt before.

At 5PM our doctor and nurses began to set up for delivery.  I could feel the epidural weaning off and my contractions getting stronger.  Our doctor said that’s exactly what she wanted, to feel light contractions so I’d know when to push.  Before I could even comprehend what was going on, it was time.

During delivery I was full of emotions, it was like I was watching movie play out in my head.  I had flashbacks to when I took the pregnancy tests.  When I told Ryan in the car.  My momma’s reaction.  When we shared the news publicly.  Our gender reveal party.  And our baby shower.

I loved being pregnant.  I loved watching my belly grow and tracking how my baby was developing.  I loved feeling her kick and when she got hiccups.  I loved decorating the nursery.  I loved dreaming about what she would be like.  I loved talking with Ryan about what we wanted to do with our little girl.  I was so in love with someone who I had never met.

At 5:34PM Genevieve “Evie” Elizabeth was born and our lives changed forever.

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To be continued…

— Allison

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