Thursday, September 30, 2010

I have a baby!!!!

Leila Renee was born! She entered the world at 12:26 am on Wednesday, September 22nd. She was a tiny 6lbs 8 oz but 20 inches long...tall and skinny;) Leila is the most adorable little girl EVER (I may be a little biased!) Jeff and I are adjusting to doing things on her schedule and are loving it. Leila has met both sets of grandparents, one of her biological aunts, and many more local "aunts", "uncles", and great friends. This baby sure is LOVED:) Pictures to come...we have taken sooo many of her first week here.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Leila...lovin' life

Celebrating her one week here as an "outside" baby with a walk in the stroller to the Catamaran Hotel and Spa where Jeff and I got married.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

If I hang them....

...she will come. The one and only movie quote I know is from "Field of Dreams", not because I am a huge fan of Kevin Costner, baseball, or fields in general, but for some reason the quote, "If you build it, they will come." stuck with me all these years. So now, four (4, quatro, IV, 肆) days until my due date I cannot get my version of the movie quote out of my head. This led me to get a move on finishing and hanging the wooden name letters for her nursery.

Valerie and I started working on these letter quite some time ago by painting and then sanding the sides of each letter for a distressed vintage look. After at least a month of staring at them she came over last week for some more crafting. We choose the scrapbook paper we liked the best, traced each letter onto the back of the paper, and cut it out just a bit inside the pencil line. We used Mod Podge to adher the paper to the front of each letter and then coated the top of the paper with more Mod Podge for a finished look. Ta da...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


My quick 20 minute doctor's appointment turned into a four hour ordeal. My blood pressure was a little high, and being 39 weeks, preeclampsia was a concern. After being told I may be induced today we headed to the hospital for blood work, blood pressure monitoring, and fetal monitoring. Well, I walked out without a baby today AND although her birthday is right around the corner, I realized I'm not quite ready yet...Packing the hospital bag today just in case Friday's appointment takes a different turn. Wills did not get the win, but I did learn today that anything can happen!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Safety first

Jeff and I were told at one of our baby classes that 96% of people install a car seat incorrectly. We were pretty surprised...I mean, how difficult could it be...but being the worrier that I am, we decided to get it checked out at the local CHP station at one of their "Car Seat Safety" events.

Last night at about 7pm we began to read the directions and get the seat installed. No more than 20 minutes later we were confident that we were the 4%, laughing at the ease of installation. I am sure you can tell where this is going...

FAIL! As difficult as it is to admit, we are not better than 96% of people at installing a car seat;) Damn...I really wanted this bragging right.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Well, HELLO September!

Jeff and I have been saying that we're having a baby "next month" since the beginning of August. Although this was a true statement, September is the next month after August, the fact is that when we started saying this I still had 7 weeks to go! When August 21st arrived we said it again, "next month" or "one more month". Needless to say...August has been the longest month of my life!

September has officially arrived. Whooo-hooo! We are having a baby THIS month. Earlier this year September seemed so far away. I stayed positive and enjoyed being pregnant, going with the flow, not really knowing what to expect. I can laugh now at the first bump picture I took at 10 weeks (and never posted) thinking I looked pregnant, saying farewell to my pants at a mere 14 weeks (this should have been my clue that I would be HUGE by September!), and giving up on decent sleep at 18 weeks. I obviously had NO IDEA what was to come. No one can prepare you for middle to late third trimester when baby is the size of a watermelon, your face is the size of basketball, and your legs no longer feel like your own (how I can even walk without falling over is amazing)!

I am thrilled that I have carried this little girl full term. I have been assured by many books and websites (even a Dr. friend or two) that she is ready to come into the world now. These last three weeks will be filled with anticipation! Not only are we going to get to meet our baby, we are anticipating the arrival of our families, and of course...FOOTBALL season:) Hello September, I've been waiting for you!
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