Friday, October 16, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Well, it has been forever. Life with a baby is taking a bit more of my time than I thought it would! But it is wonderful. This past weekend Avalyn was dedicated at church, pictures to come.
Here is a picture I thought you might enjoy in the meantime!
At her 2 month checkup she weight 10 pounds, 9 ounces and was 22 inches long. She had gained almost 4 pounds since birth! WOW!
She is such a sweet baby and we are so blessed to have her. I still cannot believe God gave us this child. The past 2 nights she has slept from 8:00 PM-6:15 AM! She is starting to recognize us more and gives us lots of smiles!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Avalyn was 1 month old on Tuesday of this week. Here are a few pictures. She has grown quite a bit and we are noticing some of her clothes are getting a bit too short!
We are finally feeling like this is normal and are all adjusting quite well. She is sleeping pretty well at nights and some nights will let us sleep about 5 hours at a time! She is such a mellow and sweet baby. She is also becoming quite cuddly and when she is awake we are getting a lot of smiles out of her!
God is good!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Second major project was some painting that Josh has been wanting to complete. The colors we have used are Gobi Desert by Behr and Asparagus by Behr. There is also a reddish-orange color but we made it based on another color so it doesn't have a name.
Here are some photos of what we have done with the paint!
Monday, June 15, 2009
This week I did not finally put my little sweetie in a dress only 2 weeks after she was born because I would never wait that long to put a girl in a dress.
I did not go to the grocery store and realize why I really prefer babywearing over lugging that infant car seat all over the place...because I did not place the infant seat in the front seat of the cart and realize that I could not see over the seat thus having to peek around the edge of the seat the whole time I was trying to maneuver through the grocery store! No, that would not be me and my short little self!
And, no, it would not be me who would consider keeping our newborn in the Moby wrap while riding in the car instead of taking her out and putting her in her car seat. Nope, not me!
Have a great week!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
After 3 hours of walking we were only at 60% effacement and barely 1 cm dilated. We decided to start pitocin to see if that would help. We gradually turned up the dosage for a few hours and tried to labor without the epidural. The pitocin started contractions hard and fast and they were unlike anything I have ever felt. After 3 hours of these contractions I still had not progressed any more. We decided to start the epidural. They started me on a prett high dosage which did not react well with my low blood pressure and ended up having to give me some other drugs to keep my blood pressure up which in turn kept the baby's heart rate up. It was a very long night and morning with having to be monitored so often due to the BP and heart rate issues. Around 10:30 AM, May 30 I was finally dilated to 8 cm, and baby was at station +1. I was finally able to push around 12:00 noon on Saturday, May 30.
Exactly 19 hours after my water broke precious Avalyn Marie entered this world. I only pushed for 15 minutes. She was posterior which typically takes a while to push or ends in c-section and that also explains why labor was taking so long. From the looks of her head she was stuck for a while on my pelvis! She came out a little bit blue due to her cord being wrapped twice around her neck but they got her some oxygen and suctioned out all the meconium from her mouth and she was good to go!
Our lives have totally been turned upside down and we are so happy that God chose to bless us this way. We cannot fathom His love for us, that he would entrust us with His creation. That He created Avalyn for us to enjoy just as he made the mountains and the trees and the clouds in the sky, she is part of His masterpiece-wow.
We love you sweet girl, your life is a miracle to us.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Avalyn Marie Easterling
Born: May 30, 2009 at 12:15 pm
6 lbs 13 oz
20.5 inches long
Most fun part of delivery...when she came out totally posterior (face up) and cord wrapped twice around her neck. I will share more of the story soon!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
They are selling Moby D Wraps for only $29.99!! We have a Moby already and cannot wait to use it. The different ways you can wear your baby are amazing. Also, the Newborn Care Class that we took at the hospital recommended a Moby wrap for babywearing so that is a plus! I have only heard great things about them.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
That changing table, what a steal! We were given the bookcase from some wonderful friends and had planned to use it as a changing table but then did not have quite enough room on top for a changing pad and all the supplies so I commissioned Josh to make a box on top of it! He did a great job and I think it is awesome!What's in all those cubbies?? DIAPERS! WIPES! BLANKETS! Here is a close up of our diaper stash: prefolds, fitteds, and disposables.
Some of her toys and blankets!Dresser full of clothes and other stuff. This girl is way blessed in the clothing department, I can't wait to bless others the way we have been blessed with hand-me-downs. God is so good!This is the closet with more clothing...that is just newborn, 0-3's and 3-6's. The rest are stored under her crib. Like I said, we are so blessed. Below that is the hamper and obviously the exit. :)Now her book stash is pretty small at this point but we plan to remedy that with some garage sale-ing this summer! I already got about 20 books at a garage sale last weekend, it was great! She also has a Webkinz black lab...do you think we should start that once she is born? I think you can track it on a website or something...not totally sure. :)
This is the whole stinking huge bookshelf that Josh made. He is such a great guy! I guess it's not very nice that we only give the babe one shelf but we have a lot of books for us!!
Hope you enjoyed the tour! She will be here soon and I am sure there will be tons more pictures!
Monday, May 11, 2009
This might be the last week I post a photo of myself. On Friday I took Josh on a date to the Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant. It was a lot of fun! The food was delicious! This picture was us on our way out the door. Josh is looking especially slim lately after having his tonsils, uvula, and part of his soft palate removed. He lost about 12 pounds while on his liquid only diet! All is well here, we are just ready and waiting for this little princess to arrive! We can't wait to meet her in person!! I will try to post pictures this week of the nursery since it is really finished now!
Also, last week Josh went to get some coffee where 95.1 was broadcasting live and he won me a nice little gift basket!And since I didn't post it earlier, here is me at 36 weeks, I apologize for whatever was going on with my hair...apparently I didn't think to brush it before the picture! Oops!
Monday, May 4, 2009
Daron Short is a good friend of ours and took some pictures for us. He is SO talented and has such a creative eye. This was his first maternity shoot but I think he did an amazing job!
Monday, April 27, 2009
We have her bag packed for the hospital but won't pack ours until a little bit closer to the due date. Please pray that she has hair, I am bringing some bows just in case. :)
We have our last childbirth class this week and also will have our doula who has taught these classes at the birth with us. She does the classes and doula service as a ministry and she is really a wonderful lady. We have enjoyed getting to know her through her teaching and I know she will be a great blessing during labor and delivery.
I am also working on a playlist for labor and delivery, any recommendations?? :) I am thinking peaceful, soothing music that will provide nice background noise as this sweet creation enters the world, no Welcome to the Jungle or anything like that!
We were reminded last week in our class that this child is a gift from God, that God saw fit for us to raise and show His love to. That was such a great reminder because I get so nervous sometimes that we are going to "mess up" or not have the right things for this baby and then I was struck with that reminder and thought, "Hello, God has entrusted this little person to us. He will provide everything we need as He already has done." Then I was reading in the Psalms and came across this passage and I was again struck by His provision...
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
Praise God! We are merely his vessels and caretakers for her. What an amazing calling!
Friday, April 10, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Only in Colorado. Most of our snow is now melted. But you can see the nice mountain we had in front and behind our house this morning! Charlie has been loving the snow. I have been doing puzzles, sewing, eating ice cream and wishing Josh was off today to enjoy this "snow day" with me!