Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sadie's First Valentine's Day

Sadie and I spent many weeks preparing for her first Valentine's Day.  When you are only 5 months old, it takes awhile to create the perfect gift for your special Valentine.  Here are some of the pictures we took for our very special Valentine, daddy.  And yes these are just some of the pictures....sorry we aren't sorry :)

love those toes!

really mom? more pictures?

model pose

did you get my good side?

taking pictures is fun!

those eyes!

sweet girl

Chesney felt left out....what else is new?!

date night with Grandma

official v-day picture!

Daddy's surprise!

the outtakes

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Letter to Myself One Year Ago...

Dear Sweet Mama-to-Be,

Congratulations on your wonderful news!  You just passed the most important test you will ever take.  After failing it twice, I know you feel so many emotions finally getting those two pink lines.  There is no way you can possibly imagine what that little stick actually means right now, but I can give you a little preview.  That little stick means... will soon welcome (sooner than you imagine!) the most precious, challenging, tiny human you have ever met. will spend the next eight months on the wildest, scariest and hardest ride of your life, but that won't be anything compared to the ride of mommy hood. are about to experience extreme exhaustion for the next month, trust me this is preparing you for the actual exhaustion you will face for the next 18 years. are receiving the biggest miracle and sweetest gift anyone will ever give you.

I know right now you want to just say thanks God for this miracle, I can take it from here.  Please keep Him close, because you will need to lean on Him many times over the next few months. He will blow you away with His comfort and use many angels on this earth to get you through the toughest days.

Right now you are probably googling "what to do after a positive pregnancy test" and wondering if you will ever know what to do.  You won't! Try and accept that now.  Your parenting mantra will be "fake it till you make it" and you most likely will never really "make it."  Here is the thing about parenting, just when you think you have it all figured out, get ready to be humbly brought to your knees.  The good news is nobody really knows what they are doing (although some people are better at faking it than others) and children are extremely resilient.  In fact, you will lovingly refer to your sweet daughter as the "first pancake."

You will order all the parenting books and pinterest your little heart out, but nothing can prepare you for becoming a mom.  In fact the things you worried about the most won't really be an issue, and the things you never even thought to worry about, well get ready.  For example:

-you will google and pinterest how to pack the perfect hospital bag, but you will never actually get to pack one.

-you will worry about breastfeeding, but you will have more milk than you know what to do with and despite 17 days in the NICU taking a bottle, your sweet daughter will love to nurse.

-you will spend months creating the perfect nursery, and at 5 months old your daughter has still never spent one night in there.

-you will worry about how you will survive labor, but don't worry when that comes around, you will have way bigger things to worry about.

-you will worry about how you will survive sleep deprivation, but you will be surprised at how you respond.  In fact, you will be blessed with a pretty good sleeper and you will look forward to those late night/early morning talks with your husband (although be careful because you guys won't remember what you said).

-you will worry about being a good mom.  Mommy guilt is harsh.  Patience will be key.  Your emotions will be high.  You will spend all day in tears trying to get your baby to nap and then start to miss her five minutes after your husband lays her down for the night (and then your husband will laugh at you).

-you will worry about the different tests and trials that you will face over the next eight months, but your daughter is a little fighter (and stinker!) and your God is alway faithful.

Being a mom will be the coolest job you ever have, in fact, you will actually give up the job that you love, to be a mom instead.  Well, I don't want to spoil all the surprises, so just try and enjoy these next few months.  Enjoy a nice warm meal sitting down, take a long shower and read because soon your time will no longer be your own!

You (one year older)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Five Months

Weight: Sadie is weighing in at just over 12 lbs. according to our home scale

Height: According to my home measurement, about 23 inches.

Nicknames: Sadie babe, Sadie Baby, Sade, Peanut, Pooper, Stinker, Sweet Girl, Terk, Roczen, Pistachio, Sadie Bear, "Savie"

Eating: Eating has been a challenge the last few weeks.  Sadie apparently has way more interesting things to do than eat.  She gets distracted so easily!  We tried without the shield and lasted about a week. However, I felt like she was spitting up a lot more than usual.  After a few days I felt like she was only eating for a few minutes at a time.  So long story short we are back to using the shield for now.  She is still eating every 2 hours with mommy and when she hangs out with daddy or grandma they can usually stretch her out to 3 hours.

trying out her high chair!
Sleeping: Sadie sleeps great at night still! She goes down about 9pm and then will sleep until about 5-6am.  Then she eats and is back down until 9-10am.  Every once in awhile she will wake around 3-4am wanting to eat.  She loves to keep us on our toes :)  Naps are still a challenge to say the least....She just doesn't want to miss anything.  We have the best luck in her swing, carseat (while driving or walking) or if she is being held.  I did try a few naps in her crib, but it was exhausting.  It took about 30-45 minutes to get her to fall asleep and then she would wake up 10-15 minutes later.  Maybe we will try again soon :)
first nap in her crib!

waiting on the floor for her to fall asleep :)

Diapers: She officially graduated to size 2.  This girl never poops by the way.  It stresses us out, but I guess it is "normal" for breastfed babies to go days without pooping.  

poop explosion on the outfit her boyfriend gave her...

Social: Sadie LOVES to talk all the time.  It is pretty much the most adorable thing in the whole world.  Her very favorite time to talk is after her early morning feeding while we are trying to get her back to sleep.  This month she went to her first baby shower, spent the night at Gram's and Gramps, and met her Auntie Emily.  She also loves to show off her tricks like rolling over and standing up on your lap.
this lady and I were pregnant on this exact weekend last was her baby shower day and I didn't know yet!

Go Seahawks!

Likes: bath time, tummy time (what?!), her butterfly on her car seat, staying awake all the time and being silly

Dislikes: getting out of the bath, riding in the backseat by herself, and pooping apparently

Mommy: I finally had my post-op with my OB this month.  She referred me to a specialist to try and figure out what the deal with my uterus is.  Turns out I either have a uterine septum (wall that never dissolved) or I have a heart shaped uterus. My appointment with the specialist is on February 10th, the exact day we found out we were pregnant a year ago.  God has quite the sense of humor :)

Daddy: Since I have started tutoring in the afternoons/evenings, daddy gets some alone time with Sadie twice a week.  He does an amazing job! I usually come home to dinner cooked and a happy baby....he is really starting to make me look bad :)

Furbabies: Chesney loves tummy time too.  She thinks it is the best game when we are all on the floor.  Dunphy still loves sleeping in all of Sadie's things, but otherwise doesn't give her much attention.

What we are looking forward to:  Sadie's first Valentine's Day! 
tummy time

dog beach

reading of course

daddy daughter tummy time

enjoying the gorgeous "winter" weather in the hammock 

this girl loves the beach

first time wearing shoes!

baby planking

grabbing a toy!