Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Past Few Days

We've had a busy few days around our house. Overall, I think the transition to 3 has been the easiest yet. It seems like my body adjusted much easier and quicker to being up at night and being tired this time. The hardest part has been feeling like I don't have enough time for Madeleine and Harrison --- Charlotte just takes up SO much of my time right now and I'm struggling with finding a balance, but I know that will come with time. Madeleine and Harrison have been amazing during this transition, but at the same time, they both want ME a lot of the time -- to dress them or bathe them or read to them. And, I miss having the time to do that.

Our first night at home was by far the worst. Charlotte cried unless one of us was holding her, eventually waking up Harrison around 5am -- and he didn't go back to sleep. So, by 7am we were all up. Fun fun fun. By 11am we were all cranky and needing a nap!

Since then every night has been better. Charlotte quickly adjusted to sleeping in her bed in our room and last night even slept for 5 hours straight! She usually just wakes up at night and eats then goes right back to sleep which is wonderful! I'm hoping she'll keep this up!

Saturday night we gave Charlotte her first bath at home. She was pretty unhappy at first, but quickly calmed down and seemed to even enjoy some of it. And, oh how sweet she smelled after that bath! I love how babies smell after their baths!

I also have to add that Harrison is so concerned about her unbilical cord. He frets about it every time we change her diaper and we have to continually explain that it's part of her belly button and it will fall out soon. That brings his worry about where it will fall out and he keeps telling us it's going to hurt her. He almost cries every time we have this conversation. It makes me smile every time because he's so in tune to how she's feeling and worries about her.

The rest of our weekend was spent hanging around in our jammies and having some good family time. We also celebrated my birthday on Saturday and I got an IPod I'm super excited about getting to use when I get back to exercising -- SOON!

We did lots of loving on our new baby. I just can't seem to get enough time holding her!
I'm not the only one that can't get enough of her. I'm trying to let the kids hold her whenever they ask, so a lot of my day is spend "helping" them hold her.....although they usually only last about 3 minutes! Madeleine had tested out all our baby gear on her baby dolls and been very into playing mommy this past week.
Madeleine also has figured out how to use my digital camera and has become our unofficial family photographer.

On Monday we took Charlotte for her first doctor's appointment. It was my first time to visit our pediatricians new offices and they are so nice! We were practically the only ones in there and the visit was super quick -- always nice! Here she is all bundled up and ready to see the doctor.
Harrison got to go along for the ride. He was enthralled with the fish tank. It was filled with the fish from Nemo and we had fun picking out all the characters.
Of course, Charlotte checked out perfectly! She was down to 6lbs 10oz and was 18.75 inches long. So, she's a tiny little thing! Hopefully, her weight will be back up by our appointment next week....she's eating ALL THE TIME!

Look at her long fingers.....they are beautiful! She also has the longest toes! :) She has already changed so much, just in the past couple of days! She's awake so much more and looking around. I love this time when they are so little and just want to be held and cuddled. It goes by so fast and I'm trying to soak up every moment.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Because I know you're dying for pictures....

This has been a whirlwind of a week. One that I'll blog more about in the coming days, but for now I'll post some pictures from the past 24 hours. I ended up staying in the hospital for a 2nd night on Dr. G's recommendation (he suggested I get as much rest as possible before heading home to our other 2) and I'm so very glad I did! Matt had Harrison for most of Thursday afternoon and I was able to spend HOURS just loving on Charlotte. It was perfect! I never feel like there's enough time when they're newborns to just sit and love on them -- they grow so fast -- and I'm so thankful to Matt for taking care of just about everything so I could rest.

After picking Madeleine up from school on Thursday (where she was VERY excited to announce to her class that she had a baby sister!) they headed over to the hospital to visit us. The visit didn't last too long since Harrison was cranky and Madeleine was extremely emotional and tired as well. In fact, they left about dinner time with Madeleine crying the entire way out to the car and most of the way home. She wanted to stay with me. It was pretty hard on her having mommy gone for 2 whole days. While they were there we changed her clothes and put her in her first "real" gown. She looked so sweet!

This morning we were so ready to come home! Matt and Harrison joined us at the hospital after taking Madeleine to school and we started packing our things up and getting ready to leave. We had one last visit from the pediatrician who proclaimed her "perfect." Dr. G came by and gave me one last check and my "rules" for the next few weeks -- no driving, no lifting over 10lbs, lots of rest -- and we were ready to go home!!

Here's Harrison waiting while we got all of our instructions and looking bored. :)
He was so excited to take "baby Charlotte" home with us today! He's so sweet and gentle with her and is constantly checking on her.

In her carseat, ready to leave. And, yep, she's already attached to that paci. She's eating really well, but she loves to just sit and suck on her paci. Last night I sent her to the nursery while I slept between feedings and the nurse said she spent several hours just sitting in the swing and sucking on that paci! She's all snuggled up in a blanket that was mine and another one that belonged to Grandad.
She doesn't quite have enough hair to hold onto that bow!
As soon as we came home, Harrison had to read her a story. He picked up one of his favorite books and crawled up in daddy's lap to read to her.
So far it's been a fairly uneventful afternoon and evening. We're hoping to get at least a little bit of sleep tonight and plan to spent tomorrow loving on our sweet Charlotte and playing with the two other sweeties!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

New Arrival

Charlotte Elise
7lbs 1oz
Born at 12:48pm

She's absolutely perfect! We are all absolutely in love with her. Madeleine and Harrison adore her and Madeleine wants to hold her all the time. She told us that she was so happy, she might cry. How prescious is that?? Check back soon for more pictures....

Friday, January 8, 2010

12 Days to Go!

The end is finally in sight! We're counting the days around here until this little one is due to arrive....even Madeleine has started her own little countdown. She's counting the days on a paper in her room since I told her the baby would be here in about 14 days....sure hope this one is on time! :)

I think we're as ready as we're going to be. My new freezer is stocked with our favorite meals and the pantry is stocked with breakfast and lunch staples. All my lists are made and ready for when I'm in the hospital. The kids hospital fun bag is full of new goodies to keep them occupied. I have 2 bags -- a boy and girl bag -- to bring with me filled with pacis, socks, blankies, etc. and newborn clothes for both. I've decided to keep the nursery VERY basic for now and order bedding/curtains and paint after we know whether it's a he or she. We've finally settled on names -- no easy task -- and all we need now is a baby! :)

Right now we're in the process of deciding whether to induce this coming week or wait and see if I go into labor on my own. There are definitely pro/cons to both. Since our families live out of town it would be nice to know exactly when this baby would be born and it would help with the childcare issue. However, there's something exciting about NOT knowing the day in advance as well. I change my mind hourly about this -- based on how I'm feeling at the moment! Ha!

At my last dr. appointment, I was 2 cm, 90% effaced and the baby was at a -2 station, which was good for 37 1/2 weeks. The dr. thinks this baby will be around 7 lbs (between the sizes of madeleine and harrison).....that's one reason I may opt to wait until my due date for induction. It might just need all the time in there it can get! :)

Generally, I feel pretty good, although I'm definitely getting more uncomfortable every day. This baby is currently "sunny side up" which means I'm getting some very sore ribs from being poked by it's feet! I've been having LOTS and LOTS of contractions -- but with no pattern to them. BOO! And, I'm open to any suggestions any moms out there have for getting labor going. :)

Monday, January 4, 2010


All I know is I'll be the first car in the carpool line this week so my girl doesn't freeze!!!!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Santa Came

Christmas morning around our house is such a wonderful, lazy time. We actually woke Madeleine up after 8:00 because Harrison was awake and wanted to see what Santa had brought.....and Matt and I just couldn't wait any longer either! :) Harrison had asked for some tools and a pirate ship; Madeleine wanted a Barbie house and car. And, of course, Santa delivered! These kids may not look like me, but they definitely have some of my characteristics....they took their time looking at their toys....no screaming....no chaos.....so sweet and excited as they checked out every single thing Santa left them one by one.

Here are a few pictures of what Santa left (which I took after they'd been up for awhile).

Harrison's tool bench. This is SUCH a cute toy. It even has "wood" pieces that you can actually build some things with!
Madeleine's barbie house. We had the same version of this house when I was little, only now it makes sounds. And has a popup flatscreen TV. And a hot tub. I want to live here....
Santa also brought them an easel which ended up being a BIG BIG BIG hit! They have played school and colored on it for hours. Good job Santa!

Harrison with his FIRST piece of chocolate for the day from his stocking. Thankfully, Santa doesn't bring a lot of candy in their stockings......this year they got lots of other non-sugar items.
I also have to add that this is what we woke up to on Christmas morning.....SNOW. A white christmas. I tried to take it in since I know this will probably not happen again for years and years. This is the view from our back windows....

We had to remind the kids that there were gifts to be opened as well. They were so thrilled with what Santa had left them that they completely forgot about presents! But, it didn't take much to convince them to stop and open them! :)

Madeleine modeling her new slippers.
And her new purple tutu (we also got a new pink one....she loooooves these things!) Notice Harrison in the background in his new big boy pants Santa left in his stocking. He's so stinkin' cute in them!
Another ballerina pose....
After presents it was time to go play outside in the snow. This is the first time they'd really played in snow and what fun it was! They lasted a good 30 minutes before coming in, and when they did their little legs and arms were red from the cold. :)

My little snow angel....she was crusted over with snow. Most of that came from playing tackle with Daddy out in the snow.
The rest of our day was spent playing with new toys and spending some time with Mimi and Grandad who braved the snow to spend Christmas with us.....and we're so thankful they did. We had a yummy meal and some of us got a nice nap (not me!).
Of course, the kids had to take turns playing with each other's toys as well. Harrison spent the better part of the afternoon trying to figure out how the elevator on the Barbie house worked and Madeleine created a birdhouse with Harrison's tools.
It was absolutely the most perfect day! It took several days before our house was back in order and didn't look like FAO Schwartz, but it's all worth it.