Wednesday, July 16, 2014

2 Weeks!

Our sweet little Lucy girl had her two week appointment a couple of days ago and she is growing like a champ! Her birthweight was 6 lbs. 4 oz. and when they measured her at the office she was already up to 7 lbs. 5 oz. I wanted to get some pictures of her while she is still tiny but wasn't able to get any professional ones done so I attempted to take some myself. Taking pictures of a newborn looks so easy, but it was quite a challenge getting her into any sort of position I liked. I did, however, manage to get a few that I like. 

When Norah was born a friend from one of my classes gave me this cute gray and yellow headband. I love it and now have pictures of both girls wearing it. :)

I love the smell of her new skin. I could sit and smell it all day.

Lucy has really long fingers and toes. I don't know where she got it from because it certainly wasn't from me--mine are more squashed and square--and Ryan doesn't have particularly gangly limbs either. 

Trying to get pictures of her sleeping was sort of a joke. I was able to get this one just before she woke up from her nap. I tried to unwrap her slowly so I could get a couple cute naked ones, but she wouldn't have any of that. 

This is as close as it gets to a sleeping naked baby. I had Ryan hold her in his hands. 

I love these two pictures of Norah and Lucy. Norah seems so HUGE in comparison.

Lucy has been such a joy to have these past two weeks. It certainly hasn't been very easy--I've shed more tears than a menopausal woman watching Titanic--BUT, I think we are starting to adjust and I wouldn't change it:) We sure love this sweet new baby girl.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Hogle Zoo

Ryan's parents came to visit us this past Saturday and so we thought we would be crazy and all go to the zoo! It actually went much better than I expected, minus the million degree weather.

Little Lucy stayed snug in the stroller almost the whole time while we enjoyed the new attractions that were recently finished.

We were all really sweaty by the end.
Luckily they have giant fans placed all over the zoo that sprays mist. 

Norah sure loves her grandma & grandpa. She kept everyone busy by running all over the place.
You know Norah is really tired when she actually falls asleep in the car, especially when you are in the middle of reading "There's a Wocket in My Pocket". 

I'm not planning on going out again like this for a while longer, atleast until Lucy is a little bit bigger. But it was still really nice getting out of the house for a change. :)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Living With a Toddler & a Newborn

So it turns out that having two babies to take care of is just a little bit harder than having one. Who would've thought. Poor Norah is used to going outside a lot and taking walks, but since I've been in zombie mode it has been hard to motivate myself to put pants on, let alone go outside. So we've been trying out different activities around the house in the meantime.

I saw this idea and had to try it with Norah. I already had contact paper lying around so I just taped some on our coffee table with the sticky side facing up and let her stick toys on it. It didn't entertain her nearly as much as I thought it would, but I left it on there in hopes that she can entertain herself with it while I feed Lucy.

This activity has been fun. I pulled out our colander and some pipe cleaners for her to stick through the holes. She loves activities like this so, again, I've just kept it out and lying around the kitchen floor. 

And of course, we've been watching some Barney. I probably shouldn't admit to how much we've been watching, but it keeps her entertained since they sing a lot of songs.

Overall Norah has done really well with Lucy. She will ask to hold her every once in a while and give her kisses goodnight. Now we just need to figure out how to keep her out of the baby sleeper...

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Lucy's Birth

Because of a couple false alarms I had already had the previous two weeks, I tried not to get too excited when I woke up with contractions at 4:30am Friday morning. I wanted to get up and walk around so I would keep progressing but worried that if the contractions stopped I would end up just being tired the rest of the day for nothing. But I was particularly hungry at the time so I got up to eat something, hoping this would be the day. 
My contractions were about 10-12 minutes apart and started getting closer so I decided to let Ryan know at 5:00. For the next hour we lazily put our things together and the contractions kept coming, still pretty mild at this point. By 6:00 we woke Norah and got her ready to go to grandma and grandpa brand's house. 
We got there by 6:30, chatted with my mom for a bit, took a couple of pictures and kissed Norah goodbye.

 It was just before 7:00 when we arrived at the hospital and were taken to a room. They checked my progress (4cm) and then waited for me to progress before admitting me. While in the waiting laboring room my contractions started to get more and more painful. Finally at 7:45 they admitted me to a delivery room and called an order for an epidural (such beautiful words to a laboring lady). The anesthesiologist arrived at 8:00am and started his work. Unfortunately, he was taking forever and wasn't able to get the tubes placed in my spine without them collapsing on him.

This whole time I was sitting up on the side of the bed leaning against Ryan and crying from the extremely painful contractions. Suddenly during one contraction, I felt my body pushing and I tried to stop it, not really realizing what was happening. The next contraction I kept saying over and over again "she's coming out." The nurse, who was basically superwoman, flipped me on my side and said with a few more pushes the baby would be out. They took out the epidural, which they never got to work, and I proceeded to give birth without any medication and without a doctor present.

After just a few pushes our baby girl was placed on my chest at 8:20am. She was so small and so perfect. 
We had planned to have a photographer come and take pictures of the delivery, but it all happened so fast she wasn't able to make it on time, so instead she and another photographer took some after birth photos and I love them. Here are just a few she captured:

Lucy Florabelle (named after my grandma) has been such a sweetheart and we are so happy to have her in our family.