Thursday, June 24, 2010

Doctor's appointment

Yesterday was Kennedie's one month check up with her fabulous doctor. He said that she looked perfect! She is now 8 lbs & 12 oz. & 21 inches long. The doctor said that she's gaining about an ounce a day & that she must be breastfeeding great cause "the proof is in the pudding." The only bad thing was that her second PKU did not go through, so we had to go again this morning to have that redone.... K was not a happy camper with the poking in her heels again... for the third time.

We are so thankful for such a healthy baby girl. I still can't believe that God picked me to be Kennedie's mom..... we are so blessed.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

One Month!!!

Wow! I can't believe my little girl is already a month old! It's so weird to think that exactly one month ago today I was just meeting my little bundle of sweetness. I can't even begin to describe to you what a joy Kennedie has been to our life.... especially over the last week she has been a constant reminder to us that God is so good & faithful & He wants to give good gifts to His children. She has been a true blessing & it's neat to know that God loves us so much more than I love my sweet girl... which is so hard to fathom.

Breastfeeding is going really good. I'm surprised how well Kennedie has taken to it from day one. We really have not had any problems. She eats every 3 hours starting at 6:00 in the morning. She only eats for about 5 minutes on each side, which concerned me at first cause I wasn't sure if she was getting enough, but I'm convinced she is. She sucks the entire time, & I'm pretty sure she could suck molasses out of a coffee straw. When she is done eating- she is done. You can't convince her otherwise, & she isn't ready to eat again until about another 3 hours, so I'm sure she is eating great. Tomorrow we go to the doctor, so we'll get the stats then- but I know she is gaining weight because she is quickly moving right out of her newborn clothes.

She is a GREAT night sleeper which is so awesome for us. After her 9:00 feeding we swadle her (which she LOVES at night), sing "Jesus Loves Me," say a prayer, & then kiss her goodnight & she quickly falls asleep on her own- with no pacifier. I wake her at 2 am for another feeding & she is quickly back asleep by 2:45 & then I wake her by pulling back her curtains & singing morning songs to her at 6:00am. Now, day sleep is another deal. She is typically awake the entire time from her 6:00am feeding to her 9:00am feeding without a nap, or if she does take one it's only about 30 minutes long. But that makes sense cause she is coming off of a great night's sleep. The rest of the day her naps range anywhere from 2 hours to 30 minutes... we haven't quit got that down yet -- which is totally cool with me cause I think she'll sleep when she needs it & she'll be awake when she doesn't. Either way, I feel so blessed that our nighttimes go so smoothly. (& I typically get at least one nap in with her throughout the day... it's just normally at different times.)

Kennedie is also finding her "voice" -- she sighs, whimpers, & coos alot & it is just so precious- totally music to my ears.... LOVE it! It is also neat to see her focus more & become more alert to things around her. It's also really neat to see her smile... I know it's still pretty random, but occasionally I get her to smile & I think she totally knows that she is.

Anyways, I know you just want to see some pictures because I've been such a bad blogger, so here you go (not in any order at all):

With Daddy on his first Father's Day: (Side note- Lantz is an AMAZING dad-- it's so fun to watch him with her... it just melts my heart!)

Just falling asleep on the changing table after a diaper change:

Hanging out with Momma:

Love this one cause she looks so happy here.... almost a smile:

Sporting her adorable little red one size fuzzi bunz.... we are loving our cloth diapers:

Sweet pictures with Daddy:

Kennedie's first piece of jewelry from Tiffany's. This was a sweet present from my dear friend Rheannon. So nice! She will get to wear it one day when she is a little bigger:
Again on Father's Day... she loves her little bear pacifier:

Us with our sweet baby girl:
Okay... I guess that's it for now. I'll try to be better about posting.... but hopefully this will tide your over for now.

PS: I don't know why blogger underlined things. Sorry- I couldn't figure out how to undo it.


Sunday, June 13, 2010

3 Weeks + 1 day= Cuteness!

Well, my baby girl is 3 weeks old + 1 day today!! HOLY COW does time fly fast. Miss Kennedie has been a complete joy to our lives & every day we are in prayer thanking God for this amazing gift that he has so generously given to us. How amazing that HE chose us to be K's parents... we are so blessed.
Here is our baby girl at 3 weeks + 1 day:

We were so blessed to have both of our moms come out to stay a week with us. Kennedie is already missing her sweet grandmothers. Here is Miss K with her Momma D (my mom):

And here is a picture of Miss K with her Binky (Lantz's mom):
And in case you are curious Cooper has been a great "big brother" for Kennedie. He is so sweet with her. He is so gentle & loving... it's like he knows he needs to be gentle wit her.... adorable! At first he'd only smell her, but now he likes to give her kisses & check in on her to make sure she is okay. It's funny, when she is down for a nap & I'm in the other room I have the monitor on. When she cries Cooper will look at me as if to say,"Hey mom- go get Kennedie- she is upset." I love that Cooper loves K! Here are the two of them just hanging out:
Sorry I'm a bad blogger. It's hard to steal away a few minutes from my girl!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Quick Update

Our super-cute, amazing little girl:

Fancy Cowgirl:


Love the pouty face in this one.... she has tons of pouty faces:
I am loving being a mother. It is the best thing ever! I'm not biased or anything... but she is the most perfect little girl ever! I can't believe that she is 2 weeks & 2 days old. She is still so tiny, but I can tell that she is already getting bigger. It makes me sad to see her getting a little fuller every day. Lantz and I have really been enjoying this sweet stage, but she is growing. I can tell that she is focusing in more with her eyes & trying to understand her little arms & hands. So sweet.

She is still in newborn clothes- 0-3 month stuff is still way too large for her.... Except for some feet pajamas. Her one-piece newborn feet pajamas are too small... she is already too long for them. She is definitely skinny, but she is long.

I know it has been awhile since I updated, but it is so hard to steal away a few minutes to blog when all I want to do is love on my little girl.

Last Sunday & this past Sunday Miss Kennedie went to church with us. Here is a picture from her first Sunday & her first little church outfit:

Kennedie eats about every 3 hours during the day. At night she eats at 9 & then I wake her at 2am (if she doesn't wake up on her own or before then) to feed. And then I wake her at 6am to eat. 6 starts her 3 hour feed cycle- sometimes she eats a little earlier if she's fussy & sometimes a little later if she's sleeping, but it's about every 3 hours.

My mom left last Tuesday, & Lantz's mom came in town Thursday. Kennedie has really enjoyed meeting her Binky (Lantz's mom) & it's been nice to have her in town. She'll get to be here until this Thursday!

This past Sunday we honored our graduating Seniors at church.

Today I started back up my p90x workout. I'm hoping to shed some more pounds. I've lost 25 pounds since K was born, but I still have 18 more to loose to get back to pre-pregnancy weight. Not being able to fit into clothes has been really frustrating.... more so the tops than the pants. I know it's only been 2 weeks, but I'm ready to be back into "normal" clothes. Something that has bothered me is the fact that I don't think any of my tops are going to fit. People tell you that your boobs get bigger when you breastfeed, but I didn't equate that to the fact that my size small shirts would no longer house the "girls." Anyone out there know if boobs "swell" & if they go down at all after a few weeks? I'm also a little concerned about my rings & shoes-- I still can't wear my rings & all my closed toe shoes are too small right now. Any idea if those will eventually fit again?? I really don't have money to invest in a bunch of new tops & shoes & resizing of rings.

I'm officially a stay at home mom (even though I've been home now for about 6 weeks). School is over & my classroom is packed into boxes & sitting in my garage. I feel so blessed that Lantz & I both agree that I should stay home with our sweet little girl. I know that it will be a hard adjustment going to one income, but it will totally be worth it. Yeah for getting to be a stay-at-home mom!!

So yeah.... I can't really think of anything else to write about right now.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Kennedie's Birthing Story

So, I know it's been 11 days (Wow! My baby girl is already 11 days old!) since I had Miss K, but I thought I'd share a little of her entrance with you.

Wednesday, May 19th, the doctor put a Foley Bulb (balloon) in me to help manually dialate me so that I wouldn't have to lay in a hospital bed waiting for dialation with medicine. The balloon was supposed to take me to a 4. She said that she would remove it at the hospital on Friday morning, but if it fell out before then it was okay because that meant that I had already reached a 4. Well, Thursday it fell out on its own so I assumed I was going in Friday morning at at least a 4.

Friday I arrived at the hospital at 8:00 am for check in. The nurse on staff took me to my labor and delivery room where we proceeded to fill out paper work and get the whole birthing thing under way. I assumed that Kennedie would be born on Friday, May 21, but she had her own agenda.

The nurse checked to see what the balloon had taken me to & I was only at a 2. I was pretty mad about that, but got over it. Apparently my doctor hadn't been able to expand it all the way because I had a "cervix of steal" as she liked to say. So, they started me on Petocin & antibiotics because I tested positive for Beta Strep. Let me just mention that the nurse missed my vein in my left arm & left a huge bruise & had to restart the IV on my right arm. It was weird to watch the machine I was hooked up to & see my contractions & Kennedie's heart beat.

Lantz & just kind of hung out in the labor & delivery room for awhile with no real excitement. He curled up with me in my bed & we took a nap together. We also watched an episode of the Biggest Loser online. (Side note-- super glad that Daris was voted to compete in the final 3 & not Koli--- I didn't care for Koli. I'm happy that Mike won. They all looked so great! I really enjoy that show--- very inspiring.)

At first I didn't feel anything & I thought it was weird that people complained so much about labor and it hurting... yeah well... I soon learned the truth.

At 4:00 pm on Friday my water broke on its own. Holy cow was there a ton of it! It just kept flowing out randomly over the next hour or so! Even the nurse was like, "Man you have a ton of water in there- I've never seen this much come out!" Well, after my water broke I really started to feel the pain of my contractions & they were just getting worse & closer together. Of course that's when I started begging for an epidural.

Well, the doctor who did the epidural just happened to mess up. Of course- because the IV mess up couldn't have been the only problem. Apparently he got it slightly to the right & I was completely numb on the right side but still felt everything on the left. So... he had to pull it out & start over .... OUCH! But... once it was in I felt much better.

New problems soon started however. Having had nothing in my stomach since 6:00 am & being pumped with petocin, antibiotics, & the epidural I got really sick. I started throwing up fluid & dry heaving. Yuck! That was the worst part for me.... getting sick to my stomach. My doctor predicted that I'd have a baby in my arms sometime between 12:00 - 3:00am on Saturday morning. Well- she was right.

I think I started pushing at about 12:30 am, but had to take some breaks because of my nausea. The pushing wasn't so bad-- just the nausea. I felt alot of pressure, but with the epidural it wasn't so terrible. When Kennedie was about half way out my doctor started yelling at me to look at my baby.... so I did. I don't know if that was such a good idea. I mean it was so cool to see her & especially see her coming out of me, but she looked HUGE. I was like, "Holy Cow- how in the world is that baby coming out of me & how did she fit in there?!!" Needless to say it was really all amazing.

It was so neat when the pulled her out & placed her on my chest--- the most incredible thing I've ever been apart of. I still can't believe that God chose me to be Kennedie's mother & that he designed my body so perfectly to bring life to her here on this earth. I am still in awe.

So at 2:46 am on Saturday, May 22, 2010 we finally got to meet our little girl... and boy was it worth the wait!

The neat thing about our delivery of Kennedie was that it was just Lantz and I together, and yet we got to share the entire thing with family. We u-streamed the entire thing.... so, all of our family could tune in live to watch the delivery of our sweet girl & yet it was a moment truly for Lantz and me. I'm so glad that our family could share in this special moment & yet it took nothing from Lantz & me & our relationship & specialness of the moment. Very cool.

The nurses cleaned Kennedie up & then I got to breastfeed. Awesome. Then the nurses & Lantz took Kennedie to get a bath & I finally got to eat something.... a ham sandwich.... and as plain as that sandwich was... it was delicious!

So there you have it.... our sweet baby girl... our Miss K... our Kennedie's birth story!

And a picture from that special day: