Evie’s Birth Story

Another friend of mine just wrote up her new little baby’s birth story and it reminded me that I never wrote up Evie’s story yet. Better late than never!

Evie’s birth was actually very, very similar to my birth with Kaelyn. My pregnancy with Evie was pretty much the same too except I didn’t have anemia this time. The doctor figured I’d need to schedule another induction so we went ahead and picked the date of June 4th since it worked for everyone’s schedule. At first I didn’t really like the idea of picking the birth date like that based around schedules, but it all worked out really well in the end. It was helpful especially because our family could plan when to come to town so that they could take care of Kaelyn for us while I was in the hospital. (Just an FYI – my due date was originally June 6.)

So around 6:30am on Thursday, June 4th I headed to the hospital along with Matt and my mom. My dad and brother stayed at home to take care of Kaelyn. They started my pitocin around 8:00am and the contractions started kicking right in. It was about 2 hours later before I had dilated enough (I think to around a 2) for them to break my water. Doctor broke my water around 10:00am and said if I wanted an epidural I could go ahead and order that so I did. I knew after my birth experience with Kaelyn that I was definitely going to get the epidural. I spent all morning just getting up and down going to the bathroom. I think I had to go a lot because they were also pumping me with fluids and I remember that i just felt better to sit on the toilet than to lay in the bed. That pitocin really brings the contractions on fast!

Then around 11:00am the doctor came in to give me the epidural. It was good timing too because my contractions had just started to get more intense. I had to stay in bed after that and I felt totally relaxed so I just took it easy and kind of dozed in and out of sleep.

Around 1:30 I remember feeling a lot of pressure every time I had a contraction. It wasn’t really pain since I had the epidural, but there was definitely a lot of pressure. I told the nurse when she came in to check on me the next time. She didn’t seem to think much of it and said she would check me during her next visit in another 15 minutes or so. Right as she was about to leave the room I had another contraction and I told her again how much pressure there was and that I really felt like I needed to push. She decided to go ahead and check me and sure enough I was a 10 already!! This was around 2:00 or 2:15.

I think the nurse was totally shocked. Evie’s head was *right* there. She told me to hold on and not push while she scrambled to call the doctor and everyone else in. As soon as the doctor came in and let me push Evie popped out! It literally only took one big push and Evie was out at 2:27pm. She weighed 6lbs 15oz and was 20 inches long.

She was perfectly healthy and beautiful! My first words were, “She looks just like Kaelyn!” She was a little bit cold so they had to warm her up under the lights for a few minutes which she really seemed to enjoy. She had the same hair that Kaelyn had at birth and weighed just a few ounces less (probably due to the fact that Kaelyn was born over a week late). Both girls were delivered by the same doctor too which I was happy about.

(One major difference between this birth was that with Kaelyn my water seemed to gush the entire day every time I had a contraction. It didn’t do that at all this time which was so much nicer not to be soaking my bed linens every few minutes.)

Mom cut Evie’s umbilical cord just like she did with Kaelyn. Dad, Jared, and Kaelyn got to come in the room just a few minutes after Evie arrived to meet her for the first time.

I still had some tearing like I did the first time, but other than that it was a pretty easy experience as far as birthing babies go. πŸ™‚

A couple of pictures from right after the birth…

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Our Girls

So this post might be a little lengthy since I have failed to update for the past couple of months. Things have been crazy busy around here.

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Baby Evie is almost 4 months old already!! She is a little mover and shaker. She is so curious about everything and always so wide eyed. If I put her down on the floor she will roll to the other side of the room in no time. She is much more active than Kaelyn was at this age. I think she is just anxious to keep up with big sister. She loves playing in the excersaucer or sitting in the Bumbo seat and watching Kaelyn play. She’s also grabbing onto everything in sight (especially my hair) and putting it in to her mouth. It’s fun to see her hand-eye coordination developing. I swear sometimes she even pushes up on her hands and knees. I think she will be crawling by Christmas…we’ll see if my prediction is true.

Overall she is a very happy, smiley baby and never gets too upset about anything. She is sleeping great at night – usually about 7:30-7:30 with one wake up time around 4:00am to eat and go right back to sleep.

We had her baby dedication during a very nice service at church last month and Momsie, Papa, Uncle Jared, and friends Dan and Ariel joined us for that.

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At Evie's Baby Dedication

Uncle Eric and Aunt Lisa came down for Labor Day weekend to meet Evie for the first time and we all had lots of fun! Right after that we headed to the beach with Momsie, Papa, and Uncle Jared for Evie’s first ever family vacation. She decided that sleeping on the beach to the sound of the ocean waves was very relaxing. πŸ™‚

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Relaxing on the Beach

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Now for the biggie – Kaelyn turned TWO in August!! I can’t believe my first-born child is already 2 years old. She is not a baby anymore but her very own, independent little person. I always knew that babies changed a lot from age 0 to 1, but I think they change just as much or even more from age 1 to 2. At age one Kaelyn was only crawling and saying a few words. By her second birthday she was running everywhere and speaking in complete sentences (usually several complete sentences at a time)!

This year has been so amazing to really see her little personality develop and to be able to find out what is going on in that brain of hers. I know I’ve written it here before, but she really does amaze me every single day with the things that she says.

By 18-months she knew her alphabet and numbers up to 20. She knows all her colors and shapes, many songs, and can tell you what the opposite word is to probably about 30 different words. Her favorite thing at the moment is to point out every traffic light and stop sign along the road as we drive. She will describe the stop sign, “It’s an octagon shape, and it’s red, and it has the letters O, P, S, T.” She will describe all the lights on the traffic light, “Red means stop, green means go, yellow means slow-up.” πŸ™‚ Seriously, she amazes me.

I don’t mean to brag so much, but that’s what a mommy is supposed to do, right? πŸ™‚

Kaelyn continues to be an awesome big sister who is so loving, kind, and caring towards baby Evie. She’s always wiping the spit-up off her face or sharing her toys. I think it says a lot about Kaelyn’s heart in general which I think is so very loving in all ways. She honestly cares about other people and wants them to be happy.

She’s now fully into two-year-old mode and we are just starting to work on potty training. She’s getting more and more independent and is always saying, “Do it by yourself.” (Meaning she wants to do it by herself.) She still enjoys reading books as much as ever, loves being outside and playing with friends, and she is already taking soccer classes with Daddy on the weekends.

Here’s a comparison for the past year:
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WOW – I am so truly blessed! I LOVE both of my wonderful, beautiful little girls.

A Naming Story

We have had a difficult time choosing a name for baby girl #2. In the beginning we just couldn’t seem to agree on any names. Finally we narrowed the list down to two names – one was Matt’s favorite and one was my favorite. How would we ever decide? We took polls, asked our friends and family, and even considered just flipping a coin. We still continued to go round and round in circles not being able to choose. We each wanted to go with our favorite name, but also didn’t want the other person to be disappointed in naming our child.

It was becoming quite stressful (especially for me) because I really wanted to know her name. I wanted to be able to get things monogrammed, wanted to put her name up on the wall in her room like we did for Kaelyn, wanted to start calling her by name so Kaelyn would get used to it, and I definitely didn’t want to wait until we were in the hospital to decide (that seems like too much pressure and stress for me).

At one point a few weeks ago Matt had told me that I could go with “my” name for baby girl since I was the mom/pregnant one and all. Then he added that he would be disappointed “to see the letters go up on the wall.” That’s when my heart just broke! I wanted the naming to be a happy decision for both of us.

So we moved onto another strategy of going back to the drawing board and trying to think of another name, a third option, that we could both compromise on and be happy with. We spent hours pouring over names on the internet. We even went on a date to the bookstore one night and sat and read through baby name books. The problem was the more we looked at other names, the more we kept coming back to our original two names.

Somewhere along the way last week I was thinking about names and for some reason my mind started to look at things a little differently. I still loved both names, but for some reason I was feeling more and more drawn to the name that was Matt’s top choice…it just seemed to “fit.” I didn’t say anything to him because I wanted to give myself some time to think it through in my head, and I didn’t want him to be disappointed if I changed my mind.

By last Friday I had 99% sure made up my mind. I called my parents who were on their way for a visit to see us and had them stop by the store where we bought the letters for Kaelyn’s nursery and pick up the appropriate letters for the new nursery. Once I saw the letters I knew for sure that I was 100% happy with my decision. So on Saturday morning while Matt went out for a jog we quickly hung up baby girl’s new name in her room.

When Matt came back this is what he found:


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At first he said “did you buy other letters?” thinking I had bought letters for all the names we were considering just to see how they looked. πŸ™‚ I told him that, no, I had only gotten those. He kept asking me if I was sure and I said definitely. Then he sat down for a while and just kind of stared at the wall -I think he was in a bit of shock (a good shock). πŸ™‚

So that’s our naming story. It was stressful for a while, but I think it ended up being pretty special for both of us which I was extremely happy about. Now we have been having fun calling baby girl by her real name: Evie Wren Miller

We can’t wait to meet you very soon little Evie!

(p.s. We’ve had the middle name picked out since the beginning – that was the easy part for us.)

Seriously Outnumbered

That’s what Matt is now that he is going to have a house with three girls! Me, Kaelyn, and our yet-to-be-named baby

GIRL!!!!

I’ve neglected to post much lately, especially about the fact that we are having another baby, but I figured most of our readers knew about that already. We had our ultrasound today and everything looks great! Still on track for a June 6 due date.

Kaelyn is excited and has already learned how to say “sissy” so she is well on her way to being a great big sister!

We might have our hands full in about 12 or 13 more years, but that’s okay. A girl house will be lots of fun I’m sure. Plus we already have all the girl stuff from Kaelyn so it will make things easy for now in a practical sense.

Now the selection of a name begins….

Kaelyn Updates

Seems this has been an exciting week for Kaelyn (and us). Here’s a list of new things she’s started doing recently…

  • SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT!!! – I didn’t want to get my hopes up right away, but after the most difficult week of my life of CIO (crying it out, for all the non-parents out there) Kaelyn is finally sleeping through the night. For the past five nights she has slept from 7:30 – 6:30. I’ve had my first full nights of sleep in over a year!! (Over a year because the last few months of pregnancy I was up every two hours going to the bathroom.) REJOICE!
  • Claps her hands – so cute when she gets excited.
  • Gives high-fives – she thinks this is particularly funny.
  • Clicks her tongue.
  • Pulling up on things more and more – which lead us to install our top-of-the-stairs baby gate and put baby-proofing stuff on our kitchen cabinets.

We’ve put up a few new pics and videos.

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Ready for our Memorial Day cookout

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Just checking my email

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Swimming with Mommy

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Admiring Daddy’s handiwork on the baby gate

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Nine Months

Kaelyn is nine months old today. That means she has been out almost as long as she was in! Here’s a few new things she is up to…

  • She is crawling all over the place now. She has adopted the “army style” crawl for now.
  • She pulls up on things sometimes as long as they are short enough. Her favorite thing to pull up on is the laundry basket. She hasn’t started pulling up on the furniture yet, but I’m sure that will come any day now.
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  • She has 4 teeth (two top and two bottom).
  • She went to her first ever wedding when my cousin, Julie, got married on May 17.
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  • She just got back from her first ever vacation. We went to Garden City, SC for the week with my family. She loved the beach! (More details about our vacation to come.)
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  • She can get herself into a sitting position now. We discovered this one day when we put her down for a nap and when we went back in to get her she was sitting up smiling at us. πŸ™‚
  • She sometimes does a bye-bye wave kind of thing, and we think she sometimes does the baby sign for “milk.”

She has her 9-month check-up later this week and I’m looking forward to get her new height and weight measurements. And of course just like every month before she managed to grow more adorable than ever! Everywhere we go people always say “Look at those big eyes!”

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*Edit: just as I was about to post this blog I went to get Kaelyn up from her nap and found her standing up inside her crib! I guess it’s time to lower the mattress down. My baby is growing up!

Catching up

I realize it has been a while since I wrote a blog with Kaelyn updates. Seems our life stays pretty busy these days. I’m sure she is doing lots of new things since my last post, but it’s hard for me to remember them all. I’ll try to list a few…

  • She has eaten ALL kinds of things now including macaroni and cheese (the real kind), banana pudding, cottage cheese, baked ziti, Wendy’s frosty, pancakes, waffles, Chick-fil-a chicken nuggets. Don’t worry – I do give her healthy things too like peas, carrots, black eyed peas, and bananas.

    She is good at chewing so I always try to give her some of what we are eating (“table food”), but she still also eats the regular baby food in the jars. Her favorite is prunes.

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  • She is pushing up on her hands and knees. She’ll probably be crawling anytime now. She does manage to get from Point A to Point B by using a combination of rolling and scooting. I think she’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn how much more efficient crawling will be. Time to baby proof!
  • She still doesn’t sleep through the night, but she does take much better naps. Hooray! She used to take about two 30 minute naps, and now it’s more like two 1-2 hour naps. Oops, I just gave up any excuse I had for not being a better blogger. πŸ™‚
  • Two words: Swinging Rocks!
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  • She babbles ALL the time. I’m starting to think she is getting the idea of what Mama and Dada actually mean, but maybe that’s just wishful thinking. We are taking a Baby Signs class, so maybe we’ll be communicating more clearly soon.
  • She loves to point. Her two little pointer fingers are always sticking out looking for something to touch, poke, scratch, and explore. Exhibit A:
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Hmmm, I’m sure there are more, but that’s all I can come up with for now. A few of Kaelyn’s “firsts” the past couple of months include:

I personally think she is getting more adorable and precious and amazing everyday even though I didn’t think it was possible. Sometimes I just want to squeeze her as tight as I can until she just mushes into me. It’s like I just can’t be close enough to her. Sometimes I just want to kiss off her entire face. She is Daddy’s joy and Mommy’s girl.

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A few quick thoughts

Kaelyn’s new accomplishments the past few days:

  • rolling over from back to tummy (now she can roll both directions!)
  • picking up her legs in a walking fashion when you hold her arms so she can “walk” around
  • saying the “ma ma” sound frequently (gah! – it melts my heart)

She hasn’t been eating her solids this week. She literally seals her lips together if I offer her food with a spoon. Everyone tells me it sounds like teething. I swear she has been exhibiting teething symptoms for months now so I am hesitant to claim that, but maybe it’s the real deal this time. Who knows?? Maybe she’s just going to wake up one morning with a full head of teeth all at once – ha! My mom laughed at me because she said in about 13 years I will probably be saying “I wish you’d seal your lips together!” πŸ™‚ I talked back something major growing up, so if Kaelyn does it I guess I’ll just be getting what’s coming to me.

Matt and I are planting a maple tree in our backyard today. It will be Kaelyn’s tree. We don’t have any trees in our yard at the moment and we are looking forward to having some shade eventually.

I’m getting my hair cut tomorrow – finally. I haven’t had a cut since October and I can’t wait!

One more thing, I went to my first Mommy’s Night Out last night. I had so much fun! At first I was all stressed worrying that Kaelyn would wake up screaming while I was out, but Matt said she did great and slept the whole time I was gone. We went to one of those Japanese steakhouses (my favorite!) and it was so yummy. There were 7 of us and we even managed to talk about things other than babies (most of the time). I didn’t realize how much I needed some time to get away for a couple of hours.

That’s all of my thoughts for now. Have a good weekend!

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Zippity Do Da

One thing Matt and I have learned is that Kaelyn will eat her solid foods better when you get her attention by singing lots of songs. I have remembered so many childhood songs that have been buried in the back corners of my mind such as “Zippity Do Da” and Matt thinks of songs like “The Star Spangled Banner.” Hey – whatever works to get her to eat. πŸ™‚

Congratulations to some of our best friends, Will and Valerie, on the birth of their son! We can’t wait to meet Graham Vincent!!!!

Speaking of births, we got to meet another new baby last week. Scott and Jansy are friends of ours from Clemson who live here in NC now. We met their little 2 week old daughter, Brynn, and she seemed sooo tiny. Hard to believe Kaelyn was that small just a few months ago.

One thing that made me very happy today was the discovery of my favorite Starburst jelly beans that only come out at Easter. But the thing that made me very, very happy was finding out they now make a bag of only the red jelly beans! Wahoo – no more eating the yellow and green ones – now I can have my favorite with every bite. Now my pooping chicken is filled with lots of red chewy goodness (kind of like this).

We’ve had a few visitors since the last time I updated. Matt’s parents, aunt, and grandparents came over to celebrate his birthday. My BFF, Lisa, also came to visit for a long weekend.

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Unfortunately Kaelyn and I were sick the week before Lisa visited and we generously shared our germs with her. Please forgive us Lisa and come back to visit again soon! πŸ™‚

Kaelyn had her 6-month check-up last week. WOW, I can not believe it has already been more than half of a year since she was born. She weighed 15 lbs. 11 oz. (50%) and was 26.5 inches long (75%). Her weight percentile had dropped some, but the doctor said it was okay because she is becoming more active now. Plus, she had been sick for the week before and had not been eating well. The whole sickness thing was not fun at all. She had a bad cold and didn’t eat or sleep well. Then a couple of days after Kaelyn got sick, I got it too. Matt had to come home early one day because I was feeling so bad I didn’t have the energy to give proper attention to Kaelyn. Fortunately Matt stayed clear of the germs.

As far as new things, Kaelyn loves exploring sounds and facial expressions. She makes funny faces with her lips and smacking kissy noises. She also likes to stick her tongue out in different ways. She is such a joy to just sit and watch.

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She also pats her hands up and down on things, even on my face. I love when she grabs my face…I swear she is giving me kisses. Oh, and she loves my hair. She will do anything to grab on to my hair and she can really yank it too – sometimes she pulls out a whole handful. She is SO curious. She constantly has to be looking at things and checking them out. Sometimes it is a real challenge to feed her because she just wants to look around at things. Even when she is breastfeeding she is looking up and grabbing at my hair instead of really concentrating on eating. I think it’s great though that she is so curious and interested to discover new things.

She still doesn’t care very much about rolling. She will occasionally roll from her tummy to her back, but never the other way around. She sits very well and pretty much never falls over anymore. Really she just wants to be sitting or standing all of the time. Even though she can’t crawl she does manage to scoot herself all around somehow just by squirming a lot. I’m sure once she figures out the crawling she will be everywhere!

Kaelyn attended her first little birthday party for one of her friends last weekend. Little Miss Sophie turned 1 and Kaelyn helped her celebrate. It was so cute to see all the babies together. Pictures will be posted soon…

The weather has been beautiful here lately and we’ve really enjoyed some time outside just sitting in the yard or going for walks. I love that spring actually arrives in March instead of like in Illinois where it seemed winter would never end. Sunshine makes me smile, and so does this little lady:

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I’m Still Here

I heard there was a request out for me to post a blog, so here it is! My life pretty much revolves around Kaelyn these days, hence the lack of time for blogging. Kaelyn is about 4.5 months old now and is growing and changing everyday. Matt has been posting some of her achievements such as standing and starting cereal.

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She’s also doing lots of other new things such as jumping like crazy in her Jumparoo, rolling from tummy to back (sometimes), getting better with her eye/hand coordination, sitting better on her own, wearing bows in her hair (to mommy’s delight), and having more diaper blow outs (not to mommy’s delight). I’m sure there are some other things, but those are the main things I can think of off the top of my head. Oh, and Kaelyn also really enjoys reading books. She’s actually quite good for a baby at turning the pages.

Needless to say, Kaelyn racked up at Christmas. She was a very good girl for the first 4 months of her life. πŸ™‚

Loot #1 from Christmas celebration with Momsie and Papa Buchanan:

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Loot #2 from Christmas celebration with Nana and Papa Miller:

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At Kaelyn’s 4 month check-up she weighed in at 14 pounds 6 ounces (75%) (exactly double her birth weight!) and 25 3/4 inches (95%). The doctor said she looked great and was really impressed with her great eye tracking skills. πŸ™‚ The past couple of weeks we’ve been successful at getting Kaelyn on a good night time routine. I think she has gotten used to it and gets quite fussy if she’s not in bed by 8:00. At 7:30 we give her cereal, wash her face, put on her pjs, read a night time story, breastfeed her, and then she’s in bed asleep between 8:00-8:15. It’s been nice to have a couple of hours in the evening to spend alone time with Matt or to get things done around the house. She’s still waking up once during the night to eat and then she goes back to sleep until between 7:00-8:00. She actually did sleep through the whole night one time about a month ago. I keep hoping she’ll start doing that consistently any day now…

We continue with many of the same weekly activities such as walking at the park with our friends Ariel and Esher, going to Gymboree (now twice a week), and volunteering at the church office each week. We usually fill up other time in the week doing normal household chores, grocery shopping, going to the mall, having playdates, or just being goofy together.

Kaelyn really is such a good baby and just goes with the flow with wherever we take her. On Sundays we usually play Ultimate Frisbee and she just loves hanging out at the park for a couple of hours. By the way, it’s really nice to be able to be outdoors year-round here in NC. We could never play Ultimate in Illinois, much less in shorts and t-shirt!

Well, I’m not making any promises, but I’ll try to get better about posting here. Kaelyn is better these days at entertaining herself (I think she’d stay in the Jumparoo all day if I let her), so it’s really helpful for doing things like cleaning house or making dinner.

By the way, I think Matt already pointed this out, but just a reminder that there are two new links over on the sidebar that go directly to pictures and videos of Kaelyn.

Two Months

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Our little love bug is now two months old and growing like a weed! It has been so much fun this past month watching her little personality really start to shine through. She loves to be talked to and sung to. She will just laugh and smile and “talk” along with you. I really think she is going to be a little social butterfly. She loves being around people, she always has to be doing something, and she loves to be outside. She also likes going places…I really think she knows when she goes in her car seat that we are going somewhere and she gets happy about that. πŸ™‚

This month Kaelyn and I started going to Gymboree classes and we are both really enjoying that. We get to play with other mommy and baby friends, learn new songs, etc. We also get together with some of our other mommy and baby friends every week for play dates and walks at the park. Kaelyn made her second road trip to SC this past month when my dad had a heart attack (thankfully he is going to make a full recovery!). My college roommates all came to NC for a little reunion and to visit Kaelyn. Kaelyn’s Nana and Papa Miller also got to make a trip down to NC a few weeks ago. Then of course there was the excitement of Matt’s injury. As you can see it’s been a busy second month for Kaelyn! We’ve also done a few projects around the house like planting new grass seed and painting our office.

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Kaelyn, Emma, Isabel, and Camden playing together

Kaelyn had her two month check-up today and had to get her first round of vaccinations. She did really well. She screamed really loud (she has some lungs) at the first shot and cried while she was getting them all (three), but once I was able to pick her up and hold her she calmed down pretty quickly. I felt so horrible though. πŸ™ She now weighs 11 pounds 14 ounces (75%), 24 inches long (90%), and her head is 15.25 inches (5%). Hehe, she’s long and skinny with a little head. πŸ™‚ Also, the doctor said if her eyes were going to get dark that they would have changed by now so the doctor thinks she will keep her blue eyes! Tall with blue eyes? We must have some serious recessive genes. πŸ™‚

There are recent pictures in our photo gallery here. We’ve also uploaded a few videos on YouTube which you can see here.

Sacha Designs

This is a shout out to my friend, Sam, who owns Sacha Designs. Sam designed our birth announcements and she did a great job! If anyone is looking for some design work I’d highly recommend Sam’s work. She can do pretty much anything – websites, holiday cards, wedding invitations, birth announcements, and much more. Here’s what she designed for us (click on the picture to see a larger image):

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One Month

Man oh man, I can’t believe our little girl is one month old already! It seemed like she would never arrive and now it’s already been a month. It actually kind of feels like it has been one giant day for me. πŸ™‚ I must say that she gets cuter and cuter every single day.

She is a great baby. She sometimes has a little fussy time in the evenings, but I think all babies have that. She eats really well and is starting to get on some kind of a schedule (most days anyway). At night she will usually sleep about 2.5-3 hours between feedings and sometimes she will sleep for four hours.

She is definitely growing like a weed. She hasn’t been weighed since her 2 week appointment, and I wish I knew how much she has gained. Her next doctor appointment isn’t until two months. She is noticing things more and she hits at toys in front of her. She also is getting pretty good at holding her head up for a short while, and lately she has been trying to talk more and making lots of little cooing noises.

We’ve been trying to get out of the house at least once a day even if it’s just to take a walk or go to Target. It makes me feel a lot better to have some kind of goal for each day. We’ve been meeting up with lots of other little baby friends for trips to the mall or walks at the park. Kaelyn also made her first trip to church a couple of weeks ago…she pretty much slept right through it all.

Well, I better keep this short and sweet because our Sweet Baby K (as Matt likes to call her) is getting a little restless. I’ll leave you with some recent photos of her first road trip to Mooresville, NC and to Anderson, SC. (She got to meet lots of great-grandparents and even her great-great grandmother!)

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A Proper Introduction

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I can hardly believe that Kaelyn is already 2 weeks old as of today! Life with a newborn is incredibly wonderful and busy, which is the reason we haven’t had a chance to write a detailed post yet about the newest member of our family. Usually when she naps I try to do one of three things: 1) sleep 2) eat 3) shower. As you can see blogging just doesn’t get much priority over those three things. πŸ™‚

I guess I should start from the beginning and see how far I can get before our little princess wakes up from her nap…

I went into the hospital on Monday, August 27 for a scheduled induction since Kaelyn wasn’t in any rush to come out on her own. We got to the hospital at 7am that morning, and I was all hooked up to the pitocin and had gotten my water broken by 8am. My contractions started out easy, but it didn’t take long for them to pick up the pace. I was 2cm dilated when I first arrived at the hospital (I had been having some very mild contractions the day before).

When the doctor checked my progress again around 1:30ish, I had only dilated to 2.5cm!! I was not very happy about this news at all. My contractions were already pretty hard and coming about a minute apart, so at this point I asked for the epidural (or the “Happydural” as my doctor called it). By about 3:00 I had gotten the epidural and it had started working. (For anyone out there who may be wondering about the epidural for childbirth someday…it is awesome and I would highly recommend it. It didn’t hurt at all…I didn’t even notice when they were doing it because I so busy trying to breath through my contractions.) Within just about half an hour I had already dilated to 5cm. The nurse then turned up my pitocin since I couldn’t feel it at this point, and she said she’d just let me lay there and “go” for a while. She estimated I’d have the baby around 10pm that night. She just told me that if I felt the urge to go to the bathroom to let her know.

So I laid there for about another hour. I could still tell that I was having contractions, but it didn’t hurt at all. Hooray! Then all of a sudden I felt like I really needed to go to the bathroom. I told Matt I thought we should call the nurse. She came right away to check me. To everyone’s surprise, in just an hour I had dilated from 5cm all the way to 10cm. πŸ™‚ This was about 5:00pm and the nurses started setting up all the delivery equipment right away. I had a few “practice” pushes with the nurse before the doctor arrived. (Apparently the doctor had to come running to my room, hehe). The doctor arrived about 5:30, and after 15 minutes of pushing Kaelyn Rose was born at 5:45pm.

Matt and my mom were there in the room with me the whole time. My mom and I were sobbing at this point and even Matt had some tears in his eyes (Matt never cries). Kaelyn weighed 7 pounds 3 ounces and 19 inches long, and was perfectly healthy. Like any proud daddy, Matt immediately started taking about a million pictures. We stayed in the delivery room for about another hour while I got stitched up (I had some tearing during the delivery), and Kaelyn got her bath. Finally my dad and brother got to come in the room and meet Kaelyn. They had been in the waiting room about to go crazy to come in and see her.

Kaelyn came out sucking her hands like crazy! The nurse said it was the strongest sucking reflex she had ever seen in a newborn. πŸ™‚ We stayed in the hospital the next two nights and came home on Wednesday. During our time in the hospital, Kaelyn passed all of her tests with flying colors. The nurse also told me that Kaelyn’s bilirubin score (the test for jaundice) was the lowest she had seen in over a year (low is good). πŸ™‚ Needless to say, I was a very happy momma to hear that my baby was so good and healthy.

By the way, there are lots of other TMI details I’m leaving out here (like how I leaked out amniotic fluid like someone opened up the Hoover Dam), so if any of you out there (most likely those of you who will soon be experiencing childbirth for the first time) who would like the complete details, just let me know. πŸ™‚

My parents and brother were here for the delivery and for a few days afterwards. Matt’s family came over Labor Day weekend, and then my parents came back again for the whole week after that. Today has been my first day alone, but I think we’ve done great so far. Kaelyn had her two week doctor’s appointment this morning and then we even managed to stop by Target on the way home. When we left the hospital, Kaelyn’s weight had dropped to 6 pounds 11 ounces, but today she is a hefty 7 pounds 14 ounces! The doctor said she was doing great on her weight gain. She has also grown to 22 inches…3 inches in just 2 weeks…holy cow! Her head has also gotten about an inch bigger around. No wonder she seems to eat ALL the time. πŸ™‚

She is a great eater (as you can tell by her growth) and she is pretty good at sleeping too. We are still working on getting into a normal routine, but it seems to get better and better each night. Even though I’m not getting much sleep these days, the funny thing is that I don’t even care. When I look at her little face nothing else matters, and I could just stare at her nonstop all day. I LOVE being a mommy!!!

One of the best things about becoming parents has been seeing Matt become a daddy. I just want to tell the whole world what an amazing husband and father Matt has been these past two weeks. From the second Kaelyn was born I could tell that Matt was instantly in love with her, and she totally loves him too. Matt has been so wonderful at taking care of both of us! He even changed her first dirty diaper at the hospital. πŸ™‚

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So far Kaelyn has been to Target (twice), Old Navy, Subway, Blue Rain Cafe, and Belks. I’m getting her started on shopping early, hehe. She’s also been on a few walks around the neighborhood. I have been feeling much better this week and so I try to get out of the house a little bit every day for at least a walk or something. It feels great to be getting my body back and to be able to sleep on my stomach. πŸ™‚ I only need to lose about 7 more pounds to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight (I gained about 30 pounds while I was pregnant) – hooray for breastfeeding and burning all those calories! πŸ™‚

I feel like there are so many things I could write about…like how adorable her little smile is, or how she poops nonstop all day long, but I should wrap this post up sometime. I’ll leave you with links to pictures for your viewing pleasure:

Our pictures of Kaelyn

Professional pictures of Kaelyn (6 days old)
(click on “Proofing” link at bottom of the page, the password is: Kaelyn) (these pictures are only available for another week or so)

Patience Is A Virtue

That’s what Matt used to tell me all the time. He doesn’t say it to me anymore, so maybe I’ve become a more patient person in the 5+ years that we’ve been married. But let me tell you one thing that will make all patience you have fly out the window…telling a pregnant woman a due date and then her not having a baby in her arms by that exact date! Oh yes, I know that only very few people actually have their baby on their due date, and all rational people understand this, but here’s the thing – pregnant women are not rational. Therefore, when August 21 came and went, so did my sanity (what I had left anyway). πŸ™‚

Fortunately I’ve been able to keep myself somewhat busy this week which has really helped. It’s just really strange not knowing at any second when I might go into labor. The good news is that at this point I am so ready to have this little girl that I’m not even really worried about the whole pain thing anymore.

I had two doctor appointments this week. At both appointments I had a fetal monitor hooked to my belly for about 20 minutes to make sure Kaelyn’s heartbeat was good and she wasn’t under any stress. They also did a quick ultrasound to make sure my amniotic fluid levels are still high enough. The good news is that everything still looks nice and healthy and Kaelyn is just as happy as can be in her little cozy cocoon. My guess is that because it’s been about 100 degrees for the past three weeks, she is just waiting until it cools off before leaving her nice little air conditioned bubble. I can’t say that I blame her really. πŸ™‚

So, the doctors and I have decided that if Kaelyn hasn’t made her appearance before Monday morning then we are going to force her out with an induction. πŸ™‚ It helps knowing there is a definite end in sight. Of course I know it’s not true, but at times my pregnant emotions have seriously convinced me that she might never come out. Hehe.

Well, that’s the latest news…just still waiting at least until Monday anyway.

By the way, I saw a cute movie today called Stardust. It’s sort of a romance/fairy-tale/Princess Bride-ish type movie. Girls will definitely love it, and some guys might even like it too.

P.S. If Kaelyn happens to come on Sunday then she will share a birthday with one of my best friends! Happy early birthday Valerie! πŸ™‚

No News Yet

Just wanted to post an update for all those that are wondering. There’s still no news in the baby department. I feel like I’ve been about to go stir crazy the past few days. We have everything as ready to go as possible so I’ve just been sitting and waiting. I know I should relax and enjoy these last few days to rest, but all I can really think about is when will she be here.

I was reading Harry Potter and that gave me something to keep my mind off of things, but I finished that earlier this week. (By the way, excellent book and I’m kind of sad that they are all finished.) I also finished all of my Beth Moore Bible study homework lessons today. I went for a half hour walk several times this week hoping to trigger something, but that hasn’t seemed to help so far. Maybe I will try another walk later this evening if it’s not too hot. I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow, so maybe I’ll get some kind of news at that time.

On a kind of ironic note, our pastor was preaching on “joy” this morning. One of the versus he used during the sermon was this:

A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. John 16:21

Anyway, that was a particularly encouraging verse to hear this morning. πŸ™‚ Hopefully we’ll have some exciting news to post soon…

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The biggest thing that has been going on the past couple of weeks is Matt’s Mom (a.k.a. Nana) has been visiting us for about the past week. She came down to help us get everything ready for Kaelyn’s arrival. Nana has been cooking lots of meals to freeze and cleaning our house for us — what a blessing her help has been!! We were hoping maybe Kaelyn would arrive while her Nana was visiting, but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen. πŸ™

I had a doctor appointment today and he said I haven’t dilated at all yet. Stinky!! But the doctor did say that it doesn’t really mean anything and I could still go into labor at anytime. I guess there is just no way to know when the big day will be. He said everything looked great though, so I suppose Kaelyn is just nice and cozy in her little uterine home. πŸ™‚

Matt’s Aunt Jeannie, cousin Jacob and his wife Cody all came over to visit us on Saturday. Jacob and I had a little contest to see who is having the biggest baby. I dunno…it’s looks pretty close…who do you think will win? πŸ™‚

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I added a few new pictures in the gallery of Kaelyn’s nursery which is all ready to go, and also a new album of some belly shots. There’s also a little video here of Kaelyn’s room. We have everything ready to go whenever she is ready!!

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Oh, and here’s my newest cool trick…balancing a salt shaker on my belly…

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The “Miller Inn” was open for business again the past few days. We’ve been open a lot this summer, wahoo! This time our guest was our friend Ben from Illinois.

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We kept busy during Ben’s time here with stuff like frisbee golf, ultimate, tennis, swimming, playing games, going to the movies, grilling out, and eating out. Ben also got to play golf on three different courses around the Raleigh area. Matt and I aren’t golfers, but we have heard the golf around here is pretty good and Ben said it was true. Ben also lucked out with his rental cars (props to Avis Rental Car) and got upgraded to a sweet Mustang. See how fun NC is?? πŸ™‚

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Well, as of today I am 37 weeks which means I am officially considered full-term. So now I am ready for Kaelyn to come anytime she is ready. πŸ™‚ At my doctor’s appointment this week, he said that she is really, really low. I also have quite a few Braxton-Hicks contractions every day. Seems like my body is definitely warming up for the big event. As my sister-in-law Lisa put it, it means she is on her way!! The doctor seems to think my due date is still reliable. It’s definitely gotten harder to do a lot of things lately since Kaelyn dropped. The other day Matt had to tie my tennis shoes for me. πŸ™‚

I thought it might be fun to have a little pool to see who can guess Kaelyn’s birthday. So, leave your comments and guess the following things:
1) birthday
2) birth time
3) weight (Kaelyn’s, not mine!)
4) length
5) hair or no hair