Friday, May 25, 2012

10 - years and days

It's our 10-year anniversary and Amelia is 10 days old. How time flies!
We tried to go get her newborn screening done today, but they wouldn't do it until the 29th, so she gets a reprieve for awhile. We went to Beaumont to get a breast pump so that I can leave the house ever ever without her and found some cute winter 6-9 month clothes at Babies R Us on super sale, so we used all of our gift cards and never have to go there again. Plus, going through paperwork from my initial ob visit back in Oct, I found a rebate offer from Enfamil on any style pump, so double nice! It was our first extended public outing with her and she was so good. We used the carrier and the baby sling that I made and don't think I ever posted about. We went into an upscale boutique to exchange something and look for an anniversary/thanks-for-having-my-baby present for me and the ladies there glommed all over her. Part of the service, I guess. They hovered and chatted a lot, but I guess they have to, otherwise much of their overpriced little merchandise would walk away. We finally decided on a Celtic knot necklace that is very  fine. We went to a new little Mediterranean spot for lunch and it was nice. Not exactly our thing, but nice to try. We looked around B&N for awhile then came home, after a stop @ McD for drinks. Tomorrow my mother is hosting a belated birthday celebration for my grandmother, but I think I'm going to take Gracie out for breakfast and garage saling in the morning, just us, even though I'm not technically supposed to be driving yet. My back is hurting from not doing much, so I'm sitting with a heating pad. I plan to do more walking to build stamina, but not yet.  
Scott's mom with the girls


A picture of a picture - no digital pics from that point in our lives


Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Things are just moving right along here. Amelia and I have gotten the hang of breastfeeding. She wants to do it 24/7. She cries at me and makes her arm motions when I try to get us to take a nap. At night, of course. During the day, she is perfectly content to nap. She's alert and kicking and still so tiny. Most of her newborn stuff is too big. So far we've stuck to just breastfeeding. Hopefully we can continue that until I go back to school in August. I still feel in some kind of baby euphoria. I don't mind being a milk machine. I don't mind being trapped here in the house. Maybe it's because Scott's here to take up the slack with Grace and the housework. Maybe I'm older? Maybe I know she's the last one? Dunno. I'm not getting a lot of sleep, so I'm irritable. We're taking her to the doctor today. I've lost 14 lbs so far. I need to increase my water.
Grace's recital weekend went well. Scott's parents came in Sat and Sun to visit. Friday, my mother picked me up and we went to Grace's Kindergarten program at school. Grace has gotten so big! I didn't notice, but before I got pregnant, I could carry her around. Not anymore. She's tall and heavy. Not a toddler any more. I don't know how I feel about that. I didn't miss any of it, really, but she's a big girl now. And she needs more attention that I'm able to give her right now. She tries to get in my lap with the baby, but she just can't. And if she has her way, I don't get to sleep when the baby sleeps - she wants my attention then. It'll all work out. I reminded her last night that she had 6 years of all the attention. The baby will never have that. So I'm up at all hours of the night. I've been entering all of the Sew Mama sew giveaways and adding to my blog follows. I've watched the first season of Eureka. I've read half of a book and some magazines. Lots of online time while I'm nursing Amelia.  

Me, looking like death, and a pretty baby. 
I bought this from amy @   

My 2 girls. Weird to have girls, plural!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

New arrival

Amelia Diane was born yesterday after the easiest labor and delivery ever. She's tiny and perfect and a sleeper and a screamer. We're hanging out at the hospital with her royal sleepiness waiting for her to wake up hungry. Lots of visitors yesterday. She was 7 lbs, 2 oz and 19.5 inches long.  

Amelia and my grandmother. She's her 10th great grandchild.  

Amelia and my dad

Look at that face! 

Family of 4

Big sister and mawmaw

Brand new
We checked in at 7:00. I got an epidural at about 10. It was really strong, or I'm  especially susceptible to it because my heart rate dropped and there was some concern. They cut it down, which was good. I was worried about being so numb. But it was fine. The nurse coached me through pushing and that lasted maybe 5 times and there she was. And mysteries of all mysteries - I wasn't in any pain afterward. I remember after Grace, being in agony afterward. Maybe because she was so big? This was a totally different experience. They kept her in the room with me to clean her up and everything. That was good. I got to cut the umbilical cord because Scott couldn't work himself up to it. We're having trouble with breastfeeding. She didn't sleep last night. Scott did - he was a snoreasaurus and we laughed at him, but she and I were up most of the night. Not surprising, considering how active she's always been at night. We're trying to get her to stay awake now, but she's not having it.    

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Tuesday baby

My new across-the-hall teacher is also an Aggie and she brought the
baby this A&M set and a cute outfit with a heart on the butt.  
I hadn't progressed much at my dr appt last Wednesday, so I'm scheduled to be induced on Tuesday, if I don't go into labor before then. It's Sunday already, so it isn't looking good :) That's ok, though. We'll be glad to have her when she gets here. I made Thursday my last day at work. Friday I went and paid the hospital, picked up Scott's FMLA paperwork and ran some other errands. Scott thinks he's going to spend 6 weeks home with me. I don't think that's a good idea. 3 weeks, maybe. Not 6. If he's home for 6 weeks, he's going to be working on the house. Painting rooms, fixing stuff, etc. He's rethinking his plans. I'm making my honey-do list. We had planned to go to the movies Friday, but the plumber finally came about the dishwasher and we didn't have time.
I took Gracie to school Friday and she was so thrilled. I think she's going to like having me home for awhile. Monday they're having a buy 1, get 1 free book sale at school, so we're going to go see what they have in the morning. She really wants me to walk her to school or walk her back, but even though it's not that far and walking is good, I don't think I'm up to it.
I had about 12 hours last week to sit and sew during testing,
so I got a lot finished. There's still a lot to do, but I love it so far.  
This weekend was busy though. Friday evening I went and ate crawfish with my friend Michelle. Love crawfish - it was good. It would have been better if I could have had a beer with it, but I didn't. Saturday we had non-dress dance recital rehearsal. Grace doesn't know these dances as well as she has in past years. We got our tickets, did our thing and rushed to her soccer game. It had been raining a lot, but they still played and she made a goal - her first one ever. We were all so proud! My parents wanted to take her back with them, but I wanted to spend some more time with her, while it's just us. I know they will get her a lot this summer, but I want to be selfish now. She and Scott bathed the animals. She and I made her pancakes for supper and some for her breakfasts next week. She made paper hearts and was trying to figure out how to make paper snowflake. She went to bed on her own, which almost never happens. I guess it had been a long day.
My dad took vacation for Tuesday, and said they would take care of getting Grace to school that day, which is nice because we were trying to figure out how to be at the hospital 30 minutes before she had to be at school. I'm so wrapped up in myself and when this baby is coming I forget that others are really looking forward to her arrival too. I haven't felt the faintest twinge or anything. And now that I'm not working, I'm not having the Braxton-Hicks contractions as much. She is still moving around a lot mostly in the evenings. That is definitely her time. We still haven't picked a name, still to my husband's consternation. He said he was going to wait until I was incapacitated and name her Galadriel. Such a funny man.

Today Grace and I are going to go see my mother and let Scott sleep. Monday I would like to try to go see The Avengers while Gracie is at school. And then Tuesday we check in and everything will finally change for us. We can't wait!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Family photos

Belly during the final week

Started the birth announcement. Still no name.  

Monday, May 7, 2012

Nephew's shower

We had my nephew's shower this weekend. Of course, Hillary did a great job with the planning and decorations. I took a lot of better pictures of actual people - with my sister's camera! Mine just got some decorations. Pretty decorations. 

Favorite baby blanket.
Close up of my gift

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Weekend Update

Pretty girl

Still no baby. We went to Riverfest Saturday and walked around a lot in the heat, but nothing. She's just not ready! Part of me is ok with putting off the pain for awhile, but a really big part doesn't want to go to school tomorrow and wants to get this party started. We're ready! Ok, we'll never Really be ready, but we're as we're as ready as we can be right now. 
G is getting so bad about taking pictures. Sometimes she'll vamp for the camera. Other times she just won't look at it. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

3 cm - a week, probably not 2

So I went to the dr today. I had to take a 1/2 day, so I enjoyed myself. I just read that one of the early onset of labor signs is a burst of energy. HA! I have been feeling that. I've been feeling great - light on my feet, lots of motivation, etc - until about 1:00 or so, depending on the day. Sometimes it lasts longer. Anyway, I got my eyebrows done; I went to Wal-mart to get Mother's Day presents, just in case I'm not able to coming up. I went to Hobby Lobby and spent money on the baby. Not a crime, and she really didn't have any "special" pretty things that were just for her. So I found her some pretties. The dr appt took a lot longer than usual. He checked me, which I remember from the 1st time around being pretty traumatic. I was prepared this time, but it was not fun. I'm 50% effaced and dilated (I always want to put an extra A in there) 3 cm. He said I probably have a week left, but probably not 2, though he is on call this weekend. I told him I was holding out for Mother's Day. We'll see. I have to get through this week at school because the big test is next week. We got the schedule today, and it sucks for me, so I won't be too disappointed if she's really a week early. Then we'll already be home for Grace's recital, etc. But now, every twinge, every little thing is going to make me paranoid. 
Princess birth announcement - precious and on sale. Hopefully my mother will help me work on it so it will be done. 

I completely balked at spending $30 on a changing table pad. Instead I bought a king-size pillow case and am going to sew one of the 20 or so blankets we have into a pillow case for it. $8 instead of $30.

Pretty cross. Her only one, so far.

Owl picture frame.

Cute rug

Cutest trash can ever

Owl trinket box for jewelry and hair bows.

Owl wipes case. I made this. Covered a plastic one with fabric and mod-podged it. Will that work? We'll see.