Friday, January 30, 2009

boo yah!

I've gotten a lot of mixed comments as to who Audrey looks like. So of course I decided to go scientific and use the Look-a-like meter! I'm very happy with the results:

MyHeritage: Family tree - Genealogy - Celebrity - Collage - Morph

But who do you think she looks like?

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Hello, Gorgeous!

Audrey's first impression of herself in the mirror:

Her first impression of the Bumbo chair:

And a lovely smile:

Monday, January 26, 2009

One Month Old!

It's been a whole month since Audrey was welcomed into the world and it's been the craziest month of our lives! Lots of adjusting, lots of joy, and a million other emotions :) She had her 1 month check up today and weighs 9 lbs 12 oz...big girl! The pediatrician was so impressed with how alert she was. When she laid Audrey on her tummy, Audrey lifted her head way up high and looked all around...Dr. C was amazed and told all the nurses, "She's already lifting her head way up!" I was a very proud mama :) She got her Hep B shot and took it like a pro. On March 4th we go for her 2 month shots which I'm already dreading :(

We started a bedtime routine and "strictly business" feedings during the night. It has really helped get everyone on somewhat of a schedule. She slept straight through from 1 am- 7 am this morning! I felt so bad that I didn't wake her to feed to get changed, but I slept straight through as well :) I hope we continue to have good nights like this!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sweet Child of Mine

One of my favorite activities to do with Audrey is sing and dance with her in my arms. I've been compiling a list of songs that are perfect for this. Here's one of them:

She's got a smile that it seems to me
Reminds me of childhood memories
Where everything
Was as fresh as the bright blue sky
Now and then when I see her face
She takes me away to that
special place
And if I stared too long
I'd probably break down and cry

Sweet child of mine
Sweet love of mine

She's got eyes of the bluest skies
As if they thought of rain
I hate to look into those eyes
And see an ounce of pain
Her hair reminds me
of a warm safe place
Where as a child I'd hide
And pray for the thunder
And the rain
To quietly pass me by

Sweet child of mine
Sweet love of mine

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Fussy Audrey=Still Cute!

I'm always posting cute pictures of of when se's happy & alert, or peaceful and sleeping. Well today she was fussy and I couldn't help but laugh at all of her angry faces. It's only fair that I share these:

She's just getting warmed up:

I love this look-"Don't you know what's wrong with me?"

"How loud can I scream before she's gets a clue?"

This is her "poor me" face

I don't even know how to describe this one, except to say that she looks truly disgusted with me:

Even when she's fussy, she's still the most beautiful baby I've ever seen!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Poor baby!

So I take part of yesterday's post back...THIS MORNING was by far the worst! She woke up at 1:30...pretty good considering I went to bed at 9:00, pumped at midnight, then went back to sleep. Also, it was the first time in her crib. Chris did a great job of swaddling her and putting her down.

So she wakes up at 1:30 and I feed her...and she's still wide biggie. But then she becomes fussy. Long story short she stayed awake and fussy until about 9:30 am..that's right...8 HOURS! She has never been awake that long! I fed her 4 times, changed numerous diapers, gave her some Mylicon ad Gripe Water, swaddled her, put her in the swing and bouncer, walked around with her. Only temporary fixes.

It wasn't even like I was was the fact that it was completely unexpected behavior. If I had woken up expecting her to be like that until 9:30 it probably wouldn't have been so bad. I'm praying it's the 3 week growth spurt. She's been an angel today. She slept from 9:30-11:30 and woke up to eat. She napped from about 12:00-2:30 and that was so, so nice. Now she's napping again in her swing. I love watching her sleep, she really does look like an angel!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

And I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues...

Last night was roughest by far. Nothing I did could console her. She seemed so miserable and I felt like a failure. She cried, I cried...we were a big hot mess! Eventually I put her in the swing and she slept for about an hour. She woke up to eat around 6am and then slept on me until 9...thank goodness! It felt so good to have her on me finally sleeping peacefully.

Hormones are a bitch. I've never been a big crier, but in the past 3 1/2 weeks I've cried almost every day. Sometimes it's frustration, sadness, or over something so silly. I know it's the baby blues and that it all gets better. I also know that I'm doing the very best I can and it's not my fault. It helps to hear everyone else's stories. I can't wait to think back on these first few weeks and be proud that we survived them!

I did get out of the house for a couple hours Saturday morning. I dropped off Zoe at Pet Smart, grabbed some Starbucks, got a haircut and went to Target. It was pretty nice to be out and about by myself! AND I got my rings to fit again! I haven't worn them since October...they were definitely a little snug, but I got them on and off :) I have about 8 lbs to go before I'm back at my pre-pregnancy weight. I can't wait to start walking and exercising.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

A Song for Audrey

We have a special song for her...I've had it picked out since before we were pregnant and now it's my ringtone, my ringback tone, and I sing it to her every day:

Isn't She Lovely by Stevie Wonder

Isn't she lovely
Isn't she wonderful
Isn't she precious
Less than one minute old
I never thought through love we'd be
Making one as lovely as she
But isn't she lovely made from love

Isn't she pretty
Truly the angel's best
Boy, I'm so happy
We have been heaven blessed
I can't believe what God has done
Through us he's given life to one
But isn't she lovely made from love

I can't wait to teach it to her and listen to her sing along. She truly is the loveliest thing!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Cute story...

I sent Chris a text message today asking him to bring home newborn diapers. I specifically typed "newborn." In he walks with a nice big box of Pampers Swaddlers...size 2!! They're for babies 12-18 pounds but all Chris could say was, "Look at the baby on the box...she looks small!" It was very cute...don't worry love...they'll fit eventually!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Life with Audrey

We're going on week 3 and it's been a total whirlwind. I don't think I've slept more than 4 hours straight (usually it's 2-3 hours, and it's a very light sleep!) The best sleep I get is when Chris takes her in the evening. I'm at total peace knowing he's taking good care of her...I never hear her cry or fuss! He's got the magic touch when it comes to changing her diaper. She screams when I do it, but is so good for him, lol.

I knew that this would be hard. There's so much to get used to...lack of sleep, pumping every 3 hours, distinguishing her cries (hungry? dirty? gassy, fussy?) There have been times where I've questioned my mothering abilities. She's all-consuming! And so totally worth it. I just love and adore her...she's the sweetest thing. I'm so happy to have this time with her.

We had a check up today and she weighs 8 lbs 15oz...very healthy girl with no signs of jaundice! We go back in 2 weeks for shots. I was feeling brave so I took her to Target and she slept the whole time. I thought about taking her to the mall so I could do some walking but I was afraid to push my luck :) Another day!

My SIL Sarah is about to give birth any day now to Isabella. We cannot wait to meet our niece!

I updated our site with week 2 pics of Audrey. She gets more and more beautiful every day!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Audrey's first bath

Her cord stump finally fell off and we were excited to give her a real bath. At first she screamed:

Then she calmed down as dad washed her back:

And then she let us know that she'd had enough!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Audrey's first photo shoot

We had a photographer come out and shoot Audrey's newborn photos. Stephanie Johnson did a great job! She worked so well with Audrey, who was so good during the entire thing. Here's a sneak peek from Stephanie's blog: