Monday, March 30, 2009

I hear you, girl. Your dad and I feel the exact same way.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Walk of Shame

I never thought I would take the walk of shame as the mother of an almost three-week old. 

Last night went like this.
7:15-hungry baby, feed. change diaper. rock to sooth. CRY.
8:00-hungry baby, feed. change diaper. rock to sooth. CRY.
9:00-hungry baby, feed change diaper. rock to sooth. CRY.
9:30-hungry baby, rock to sooth. fall asleep. put in bed. wake up. CRY.
Repeat previous line 4 times.

Wake up this morning to a hungry baby with a blown out diaper. Realize I'm in the same clothes I wore last night. I slept in my jeans. Welcome to motherhood. And yet there's a silver lining. My maternity jeans were so stretched out (yes, I still am wearing my maternity jeans. Please don't judge.) that I was forced to try on my pre-pregnancy jeans. Thank you little girl for being so hungry, you helped your mama fit into her jeans. 

A picture of my girl, just because.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

First Bath

Once the umbilical cord was gone, it was time for this stinky little girl to get cleaned up. Okay, she doesn't smell at all. How can babies smell so sweet without any help? Chloe actually liked the water. She only screeched a few times. And yes, that is spit-up on my shoulder. I'm pretty sure that I slept in that shirt that night. Maybe I'm the one who needs a bath...

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

You Have to Look Closely

Like we don't have enough leaking things around this house; boobs, babies, etc. Now my kitchen sink faucet has decided to spring a leak. You get squirted with a tiny stream of water every time you use it. (You have to look really closely at the picture, but you'll see it.) Thank you universe for adding insult to injury. I need to start wearing waterproof clothes.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Blogging with a Baby

A night with a couple hours of sleep- check.
A 2-minute shower- check.
Wash my hair- check. Well, I washed it a few days ago. Good enough for me. 
Get dressed for the day- check. Not completely dressed until 2 PM. Whatever.
Grab a quick bite to eat- check.
A sleeping baby- check.
Computer- check.
Unoccupied right hand- check.

This is the way you blog with a newborn. And yes, I typed this whole thing with one hand. It only took about 20 minutes. Hey, I'm impressed.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Escape Artist

Swaddling 101. It's a highly important course you take when you are a new parent. After a lot of practice, we've gotten pretty good. But not good enough for Chloe. You see, this little girl is really strong. She can break out of the tightest of swaddling. She's the next Houdini. Hang her upside down, with a straight-jacket and handcuffs, she'll find a way out. Here are the ways she likes to break free.

Feet. And yes, that's the prayer pose she's doing.

Arms. Oh, did I mention that we swaddle her in two blankets? This girl is strong. I just love these pictures. I think they're so cute!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Maiden Voyage

Today we took Chloe out for her first stroller ride. The weather has been so beautiful lately, and I decided that I needed to get out of the house. I have to be honest, we were only out for about 10 minutes because we're nervous parents, but it was fun all the same. I can't wait for the weather to get warmer. Nightly stroller rides sounds lovely!

Chloe's reaction to the stroller ride. She was really excited.

Happy 1 week, little girl. It's been the best week of our lives.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Pink Machine

"I know you love this outfit, Mom. But I think I'm going to....

...blow out my diaper."

This outfit honestly lasted 10 minutes. We proceeded to change clothes 4 times that day. And I couldn't be more proud. 

Thursday, March 12, 2009

We are Home!

Our sweet little girl, Chloe Starr is here! She was born Monday night, March 9th at 10:03 PM. She weighs 6 lbs. 12 oz. and is 19 inches long. She is beautiful and more than we ever could've hoped for...but I'm getting ahead of myself. Here's the birth story.

We knew that we were going in for induction on Monday, but we didn't know the time. We were supposed to call at 9 AM that morning to find out what time we were to go in, so I thought I would get a quick jog in early that morning. Mid-workout I got a call from the hospital and they told us to be at there at 7:30 AM. I headed home, packed up and immediately headed to the hospital. I started the induction at 9 AM and labored until 3 PM that afternoon. At 3, they broke my water and things started happening very quickly. Once I was dilated to a 5, I asked for the epidural. Oh, the epidural...what a wonderful thing. I napped until about 8 PM and my doctor arrived at 9. I pushed for an hour before she was born. The delivery was amazing. It was my doctor, a nurse, and Jason. It was so powerful to have gone through the experience with women (the doctor and nurse, obviously not Jason). My doctor let Jason assist with the delivery. He held her head while the doctor suctioned and then did the rest of the delivery. When he put her on my chest, all that I saw were these huge eyes staring at me. I was instantly taken with her. The rest has been truly magical. She is so sweet and has the best demeanor. We just love her so much. I think we fall more in love every second. We are exhausted, but we are so thankful and so happy. 

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. We have felt so much support from everyone in our life. We are so lucky. 

Monday, March 9, 2009

We are headed to the hospital to have our baby!! Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers today. We are so excited!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


This picture is what you get when you're 40+ weeks pregnant and trying to do your best supermodel pose. You look angry!!! I was not angry in the least! As a matter of fact, I was channeling my best Gisele...long, flowing, perfect hair/sun kissed Brazilian skin/6-pack abs/legs for miles...not in this lifetime and definitely not right now!

The next picture is a much better look! And by better look, I mean it's not a picture of my profile. My belly will scare you. It looks like it might eat you. As a matter of fact, it's probably already eaten your friend, your cat, your dog. I will only post more pictures of my profile when I'm assured I won't lose the few blogger followers I have.

Monday, March 2, 2009

I Love Jesus But I Drink A Little

You may have seen this already, but if you haven't, you must watch it. The video is a little long, but well worth the time. This is absolutely adorable and hilarious.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Happy Due Date

To our little girl,

Today is a big day, a special day. It's your due date! We have been waiting for this day since we found out that I was pregnant with you. It's amazing to think that you were once just a tiny speck and now you are a baby; a baby we already love so much. The journey from then to now has been full of wonder. We have learned so much and you have changed our lives in ways that you will never know. 
We honestly thought that you would be here by now, but that's okay, we'll wait. Over the past couple of weeks we have learned that there's no convincing me, I've tried everything! We get the picture, you're going to do this your way. So we'll patiently wait. But I do have to let you in on a little secret. You, my little girl, are going to be so loved. While I'm excited about being your mom, I think I am most excited by the loving people you will be surrounded by in your life. From your family, to friends, to people you may never even know. We are all excited to love you when you enter this world. 
While we await your arrival, we will cherish the last few moments of "expecting a baby". But believe me, we cannot wait to be the eyes you gaze at during your first moments on this earth. We cannot wait to see your sweet face, kiss your hands, and thank God for you. Oh, and your dad may check out your feet, but don't you worry, you will understand the "feet thing" when you get a little older. You are going to love him so much! 
So when you are ready, you just pack your little bag and head on out. We will be here, waiting for you. We love you!