Tuesday, June 24, 2008

So life with our new little girl is proving to be very joyful!

She has both Michael and I wrapped around her finger like you would not believe! She is so beautiful and so sweet.

She seems to be very attached to me already. It's amazing and I absolutely LOVE it.

I nurse her and when I do, she does great. She latches on perfectly and with ease. The experience is so beautiful and the bonding that comes from it can't be put into words.

I thought it would be fun to post some pictures that kind of tell you "a day in the hospital" with us.

This is the sign in window at the NICU. So I am here at this window ALL day and ALL night singing myself in so I can nurse her and cuddle her.

This is the "washing center". Everyone who enters the NICU MUST wash their hands.

Here is the entrance to the NICU

And of course once we get in... it's all about Sophia!

Look how sleepy we are! After I feed her, we are both so tired. She passes out, and I usually fall asleep with her cuddled up on my chest.
Then after our cuddle and nursing time is over... it's back to my room. Michael bought me the sweetest gift - it's this big pink bow that says, "It's a GIRL!".

For an update on Sophia - she is doing great! Like I said before, she nurses like a pro, and breastfeeding is going to be a success, which of course is WONDERFUL because breast milk has so many things little ones need!
Her health is great. All the concerns we had before are pretty much gone, and she may be able to return home the same day I do! (We were told it could take three weeks before she could go home, so the fact that she could leave with me, well, it's music to my ears!)
Wesley is doing great through all of this. He's a little freaked out about the fact that he's been bouncing between so many people the past couple of days while Michael and I are here at the hospital, BUT he has asked for Sophia many times, and though he's a bit shy about the whole thing (and probably a tad bit jealous of all the attention she's getting) he seems to love his little sister already.
It was cute... yesterday when he met her for the first time, he told me, "I look like daddy, and Sophia looks like mommy!"

Monday, June 23, 2008

Sunday June 22nd at 4:00am, Sophia Lillie-Laura was born into this world, weighing 7lbs 3oz, and 18in long.

My due date was July 5th - but I was scheduled for induction on June 24th, so when I went into labor late Saturday night, I was shocked to say the least!

We got to the hospital and I was admitted and given my epidural. After my doctor monitored me for a bit, she grew concerned about Sophia's lack of movement, and decided to do an emergency c-section.

Without going into too much detail, Sophia gave us a bit of a scare after she was born and has been being watched closely by hospital staff.

She is doing well, better than her mommy at least. I myself had no idea what to expect with a c-section. I am in a lot of pain, but I know it wont last forever, and honestly, it was worth it, because Sophia is such a beautiful little angel.

We are so blessed to have Wesley and Sophia in our lives. We couldn't be happier!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

The past couple weeks we have been keeping ourselves VERY busy!

Michael's hard at work studying for the BAR exam, and Wesley and I have been having fun getting the apartment ready for Sophia... and we have also been spending a lot of time at the pool.

So I have to share with everyone that Sophia is going to be here earlier than we thought :-)

My doctor is going to induce me very soon - and we couldn't be more excited to welcome our little princess into the family!

Today my friends Michele and Teagan threw me a baby shower, and everything looked so pretty and the food was SOOO good!

Since we moved up here they have been so great to me and I feel so blessed to have two such wonderful friends.

I got some of the cutest things at my shower today! Michele made the most adorable cake shaped gift box and gave me the cutest blanket and some really adorable burp cloths! I wanted to take a picture of it, but I forgot. I got home and took it apart and used the different parts of it to add some finishing touches to Sophia's side of the room.

So with that being said - I think we are really ready for the baby to come. Well, as ready as you can be!

Here are some pics. from the past few days.

Wesley having fun at the pool :-)
Wesley and Michael goofing around together
Yes - Batman! Let me explain: One night we were at Walmart and Wesley was being really well behaved, so I wanted to get him a little something. I saw a Batman mask for 2 bucks, and couldn't resist. Now, he has no clue who Batman is, but he loves it! Now as far as the little outfit goes - it's actually PJs! I went shopping for some new summer clothes/jammies for him and found this - and when I saw the cape - I was SOLD! The cape comes off for bedtime so he doesn't choke on it. It's just too cute!

He runs around the house telling us he's flying. Oh, and when he has his mask on, you better make sure you call him Batman - because if you don't he will tell you real quick, "I'm not Wesley! I'm Batman!" and if you call him Batman and he doesn't have his mask on, well, you guessed it, "I'm not Batman, I'm Wesley!" haha

The past few weeks I have been amazed at his growth and development. He's such a smart little boy!
Last night for example I was cleaning up the kitchen and I started singing a song from one of his favorite shows on PBS - Word World...
It goes like this, "It's time to build a word, let's build it, let's build it now!" (Yes, I know the words, how pathetic!)
After they sing that part of the song, they spell a word. Well, after I finished that, Wesley started jumping on the sofa and yells, "DRUM! D-R-U-M!!"
Then he went on to spell guitar, and horn, and without my help! I was blown away.
He's such a blessing in our life. I am so grateful that he's my son!