Friday, October 29, 2010

One Month Old

My sweet little angel is already a month old today! I just can't believe it. Everyone still says she's so small, but she seems big to me. She's just growing so fast! I'm in a wierd place right now. When I look at Ella, it seems like this past month just flew by, but at the same time it seems like time is standing still waiting for Brian to come home. Here's my big girl. . .






Some one month milestones. . .
Ella is awake more and more and has really started to focus on people's faces.
She found her hand today and examined it for a few minutes :)
And she's about to outgrow her basinet. . ALREADY. . Mommy's not ready for that!


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Ella's Newborn Pictures

We got Ella's pictures taken by Kim Thornburg. She did such a good job. You can check her out at athousandwordsbykim.com. . . Here are some of my favorites.
































She took around 100 pictures and edited many of them. I now have so many pictures to choose from. I just don't know which ones to print. . . I'm very pleased. Thanks so much Kim!!!!









Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Ella's Birthday

So this is our third day home and my beautiful baby is sleeping so I can post pictures etc. We went into the hospital Thursday morning to see if the baby was still breech (and she was). So our first option was for my doctor and a nurse to try to turn her. I had plenty of time to get online and get Brian on skype before the doctor came in so he got to be there for it all. I didn't really know how trying to turn the baby would go, but I assumed it would hurt a little. Well, it hurt a lot. Basically, they lube your belly up, the doctor stands on one side of you, and the nurse on the other and they each push on your abdomen hard enough to get under the baby and push her around from the outside. Once the baby starts to move, they can't let up the pressure because she might move back. The doctor got Ella turned about halfway and I was starting to think that I didn't really care about having to have a C section anymore, but I was going to tough it out. Then, Ella's heart rate dropped significantly. I was laying down and couldn't see the monitor, but I could hear her heartbeat and it was really slow. They immediately stopped turning her and started prepping me to rush for a C Section. It felt like an eternity, but it was only a couple of minutes. Then, her heart rate came back up and everything was fine, so the doctor told me we could wait a couple of hours before the C Section. So Brian and I chatted online until the time came. Here's a picture of us getting ready to go back to the OR. . much to my surprise, they let us take the laptop in and Brian got to "be there for it all"



The nurses were so awesome, they took special care to make sure to move the laptop where ever it needed to be so Brian didn't miss anything. As soon as I saw my baby, I no longer cared that I didn't get to do the labor thing and ended up having to do a C Section. I was just glad she was finally here and that Brian got to witness it all. He actually saw her before I did!! My mom went with the baby and the nurses to clean her up, etc and she took the laptop, so he saw that too! Here are some 'birthday pictures"







We are now home and things are great! I'm recovering quickly and am feeling very little pain. Ella is adjusting great, eat well, and sleeping wonderfully! My mom and my sister have been AMAZING help through all of this and my friends have been wonderful to pick up medications and bring food. I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful support system through all of this. Here is one last picture of my sweet sweet love. . she's amazing!!!!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Last Pregnancy Picture

Here is a picture I took the night before we went in to the hospital. I thought I should document how I looked by the end of it all :)



Thursday, August 5, 2010

Ella's Beautiful Nursery

So the nursery is pretty much complete. I still have some minor rearranging, but these pictures will give you the idea. . . I just LOVE it!!!






Friday, July 23, 2010

Another Baby Shower :)

My sister and several of my cousins threw me a shower last weekend and it was great! The cake was so cute and so was the decor. . .






There were fun games and lots of people that I love!!! It was a great shower. . thanks to everyone for making it so wonderful!!!!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Baby Shower and Belly Pics

We had our first baby shower Saturday. I'm so glad Brian got to be here for it! We had a really good turn out and everyone was so generous. We got lots of stuff we needed and LOTS of really cute clothes :) This will be one well dressed baby girl. It was a beautiful shower. . .Kristy did a great job planning it and making it guy friendly. Here are some shower pics. . .





Some of the activities. . .




Brian guessed my belly size exactly. Pretty impressive considering he hasn't been around the whole time :)

And here are the belly pics--28 weeks