Our sweet Anna Grace arrived on October 8, 2009 at 10:00am. She weighed 7 lbs. 15 oz and was 19 1/2 inches long. She has blonde/brown hair and blue eyes. She is absolutly perfect and has already touched our hearts in so many ways. She made a REALLY fast entrance... One minute I was just hanging out in the labor and delivery room and the next nurses are running around, Greg and my Mom are running down the hallway and the doctor is sweating when she arrives... 68 minutes of TOTAL labor and 2 pushes and our sweet baby girl was HERE!
Anna Grace is such a sweet baby. She is very calm and oh so sweet. She barely cries, and only does so when she is hungry. She is a GREAT sleeper (just like big sister Kailey) and doesn't like to be in a wet/dirty diaper for long. She really looks A LOT like her big sister, sometimes it catches me off guard when I look at Anna and see so much of Kailey in her.
I am recovering really well. I think this was actually an easier recovery than with Kailey, I really only had pain where my epidural was.
Big sister Kailey is really loving being a big sister. While we have had a few jealous moments, overall Kailey really loves to hug and kiss Anna. She is such a big helper and wants to help Mommy do everything... diapers, feeding, etc. And she is quick to remind us all that only "big girls like me" can have chocolate milk and m&m's.
We have had family in town for a couple of weeks now and boy has it been a HUGE help. I haven't been to the grocery strore in weeks thanks to my Mom and Greg's Mom and I think I might need to learn how to use the dishwasher and washing machine again. Our wonderful friends have been bringing by meals and that has also been a huge help! Thank You to everyone for your love and support. We can't wait for you to meet our sweet Anna Grace!!!
It really feels like Kailey was JUST born yesterday! It is hard to believe that tomorrow (10/8/09) we will add another member to our family! Kailey has brought us so much joy and happiness, we are excited to see what this new member adds to our already blessed family!
Kailey was born on Wednesday, January 3, 2007. She was born at 12:18pm, weighed 8 lbs, 8.4 oz and was 21 inches long. That day will forever be etched in our minds and I am sure tomorrow will be added to one of those "never to forget" memories.
Kailey is so ready to be a big sister, she talks about baby sissy all the time and is constantly asking when she is going to come and live at our house! This morning I told her that sissy is going to come tomorrow and Kailey was SO HAPPY, she hugged my tummy and just kept telling sissy how much she loves her! It was so beautiful and touching!
As I reflect back today on when Kailey was born I can't help but think how very special Kailey is and how she has made our lives so much better! She is truely a blessing and gift from God! I am both sad and happy to be making this transition from one to two kids, but from what I hear after baby #2 is here it is hard to even remember what it was like to only have one!
Below are a few pictures from when Kailey Louise was born, oh what a special day that was...
Well, the day has come for baby girl to make her debut! We will be heading to the hospital at 5am for an induction! Please pray for a safe and easy delivery!!! Stay tuned for details of baby girls arrival!!!
Kailey started MDO about 3 weeks ago... SHE LOVES IT!! We went to meet the teacher day and she wasn't too sure about it all, we met her two sweet teachers, the music teacher and the PE teacher. Yes, they actually go to music and PE in addition to regular "school." The first day went pretty well, she was sad when we left, but the teachers said she only cried for about a minute after we left and then she was fine! On day 2 she walked right in looked back at me and said "bye Mommy, see you after lunch." It was bittersweet, so glad she loves it, but a little sad that she loves it enough to just say bye:( They have a really tight schedule and do lots of fun things in class. She has already come home singing new songs and she loves to talk about her friends at school and what they do each day. One of my great friends sons is in Kailey's class so Kailey loves to talk about Ben and they sit by each other at lunch everyday. There are only 7 kids in her class and 2 teachers.
She goes twice a week, it has been really great to experience a little "freedom" for those few hours. I got my hair done one day, ran errands another and now that I go to the doctor weekly I go whenever she is in school. It will also be nice once baby arrives as it will give me some time with just baby. Kailey loves her school and I can't wait to see what wonderful things she learns this year!
This was her first project... They each made a collage so if they get sad at school they can look at all the people who love them!
My great friends threw me the MOST AMAZING baby shower...It was breathtaking. They did an amazing job and everything was so special and wonderful. They did a bird theme, the invitations had a bird nest on them, their were bird cages throughout the house, the table linens were gorgeous... various prints with a bird/nest theme, napkins with feathers, white chair covers, votive candles spread throughout, and take home nests with almond "eggs". The food was SUPER yummy too! Fruits, quiche, cake balls, salad, chicken salad puff pastries, pasta salad, key lime pie, a yummy cake, punch, tea, etc... YUMMY!
I was so blessed to have so many wonderful friends in attendance, it really means so much to us to have made such amazing friends in our short time here in Houston. We are truly blessed.
Baby girl and I received many nice gifts and we have been having fun playing with everything and getting things all ready for baby girl to arrive.
How your baby's growing:Your baby doesn't have much room to maneuver now that she's over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (pick up a honeydew melon). Because it's so snug in your womb, she isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times she kicks should remain about the same. Her kidneys are fully developed now, and her liver can process some waste products. Most of her basic physical development is now complete — he'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.
This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds and has passed the 17-inch mark. She's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and her skeleton is hardening. The bones in her skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for her to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance.) These bones don't entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as her brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.
A few weeks ago Kailey and I traveled to Baton Rouge. While I was there we saw lots of our friends and had a lot of fun! On our last night I thought I was going to meet up for a simple dinner with some girlfriends, but boy was I wrong... I showed up at Walk-On's (one of my favorite places) and all of my girlfriends were there and yelled "SURPRISE" they had planned a surprise baby shower for me! It was so wonderful! There were a few ladies there that I didn't even know were going to meet us for dinner! Amy (the master planner) did a great job planning it secretly! We enjoyed a yummy dinner, opened gifts, took pictures and ate some REALLY yummy desserts! I really have the best friends in the world! Baby girl received lots of nice gifts... from diapers to wipes to clothes and everything in between, she is one lucky little girl!
Well, we are at 32 weeks now. I just can't believe how fast this pregnancy is going by. I see the doctor every 2 weeks now and go again on Thursday.
How your baby's growing:By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You're gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, she'll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.
Well, I am a little over 30 weeks now! I can't believe we only have 10 weeks left until we meet baby girl! We are SUPER close to choosing our favorite name so check back soon! I had an OB appointment today and everything is looking GREAT, we have an ultrasound tomorrow and we can't wait to see baby girl!
Here is what is happening at 30 weeks:
Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after she's born, she'll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)
We recently returned from an 8 day visit to Honey's house in Dallas! We had such a fun time and as always it is always so fun to be with Honey. My older brother, sister-in-law and nephew came down from Oklahoma too so it was really fun for the cousins to play together. Some of the things we did while in Dallas include: *swimming *playing catch and t-ball, Kailey LOVES her pink glove! *rode on scooters *went shopping A LOT! * visited friends *went out to eat *completed my baby registries for my shower *went to the movies *saw a children's show *grilled out * took a cooking class (YUMMY FOOD) *relaxed *and laughed A LOT!
We are looking forward to Honey coming to visit us in a couple of weeks for some more fun!! Below are just a few of the pictures from our trip, notice how Kailey has on a princess dress in almost EVERY PICTURE! Can I just tell you, she LOVES LOVES LOVES to play dress-up ALL THE TIME!!!
How your baby's growing:Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. Her muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and her head is growing bigger to make room for her developing brain. To meet her increasing nutritional demands, you'll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because her bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby's hardening skeleton each day.
I can't believe I am already in the 3rd trimester, time is flying by and in 11 weeks (or less) we will be meeting our beautiful little girl. We are busy getting her nursery all ready! Kailey LOVES to talk about her "little sissy" and is very protective of my tummy. She is quick to tell people that it is HER sissy, its pretty darn cute I must say! Kailey is really into helping me get things ready and really loves that every time sissy gets something new she does too!!
By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She's also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.
Last week we had our check-up with Dr. LeBlanc, everything is looking great and baby is right on track. I also had my glucose screening and everything is just fine in that department! We also had our ultrasound with Dr. Rowe- he said baby girl is looking GREAT and is VERY LONG! I was 26w4d when he dad the ultrasound and he said that baby girls legs were measuring at 29w6d-- WOW, yes they are VERY long... Hmmm, I wonder where she gets that?!?! He said that she is growing just right and will most likely be long and lean:)
We go back in about 3 weeks for our next check-up!
This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds and is about 14 1/2 inches long with her legs extended. She's sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby's brain is very active now. While her lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if she were to be born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don't bother her, so just relax and enjoy the tickle.
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