Vivian is tackling so many milestones lately! It's crazy. Just in the last week she's started waving, clapping and cruising. She loves her hands. She will just look at them in amazement. It's so cute. About two weeks ago she started really babbling. Buh buh buh sounds first. Now she's doing Bye bye sounds, dah dah, ma ma, she's not intentionally saying anything yet though. She also really started getting a bottom tooth a couple weeks ago. It's so close I can't believe it's not through yet. She's so active, she's great at crawling and standing up/sitting down. She's doing great at baby led weaning. Her favorite food is penne pasta and sauce. She also loves apples and carrots. She is so awesome and I love her so much. And we're 8 months nursing! :)
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Monday, September 9, 2013
One of my most favorite things is when she wants to eat, she starts getting impatient. When she sees me start to lift my shirt up she does this giggle/wimper sound. She is so excited and mad because she just can't wait. :) It's adorable. Love her so much. She is still having regular bowel movements and teething hard! Hopefully the bottom teeth will make an appearance soon!!
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Please let me remember this exact moment forever. It's 9:32 and Vivian just woke up crying. The paci just made her cry more. So, I sat down on my bed and nursed her. She wasn't hungry, just not feeling great. After about 10 minutes she passed out and I gave her the paci. She is pressed up against my body her arm pulled in against my chest. Her little leg is pulled up all awkward so that her knee is up by her elbow. I have my hand holding her chunky thigh. The weight of her resting head is heavy on my arm. If it wasn't dark I'd take a photo. But a photo couldn't capture this glorious baby skin or the way our bodies perfectly fit together. Thank you for this miraculous gift.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
"Cranial sacral has to do with the cranium (head) and sacrum (the 5 lowest vertebrae that are all fused together down by your tailbone) and the connection between the two by way of the spine and cerebral spinal fluid. The head is supposed to be fairly round. However, for a variety of reasons it can be misshapen and the bones can be overlapped or have indentions (the general term for all these is ”lesions”) putting pressure in wrong places and not allowing a good flow for the cerebral spinal fluid around the brain. Why is it important to have good flow of cerebral spinal fluid around the brain? Because that is a major source of food for the brain. It contains salts, sugars, etc that the brain needs to grow operate. If the flow of fluid is blocked off or can’t get to the places in adequate amounts it hinders the brains growth, development, and capacity to operate efficiently and effectively."
She had been having bowel movements every 4 days. This week she pooped twice Monday and once on Tuesday. When I found out she pooped on Tuesday too I was so excited I cried. So excited that maybe we were turning a corner on all these stomach issues. I am so hopeful that this is the answer for us. I am so blessed that I have so many brilliant women around this community to ask for help. I even found a girl locally who is having the same issues. It's amazing how comforted you feel when you have someone to relate to.
Ok, I totally hyjacked this post, it was supposed to be about "Super Vivi"!
She has gotten this close to being mobile overnight. It's insane. Monday I had her laying on her tummy and she got up on all fours. She can sit up all by herself for at least 30 seconds now. She has figured out how to roll over and over and over. I would say by next week she will be able to sit herself up from lying down. I am so not ready for her to be this mobile. BABYPROOFING!!! AGH! :)
She is just a sweetheart and her smile is so beautiful. I just love her so! She is amazing.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
She had a good day, but scraped her knees up on the playground. She didn't even realize it until I said something. She was quite worked up after she saw it was bleeding, but that didn't stop her! She is so brilliant and I love her more every single second.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Yesterday as I was walking out the door to go to work, she ran over and gave me a kiss. She said, "Be good and don't go to any wrecks!"
Then this morning I was telling her good bye, told her I loved her and all that.
She said, "Have fun today!...(pause)And don't crash into any mailboxes!...(pause)And thanks for loving me!"
It was literally the cutest damn thing.
Lately I have been telling her, "I love you so much my heart might explode!" She gets the most genuine sweet grin on her face and says, "Bones don't explode silly!!" :)
She is starting preschool tomorrow. I can't believe she is old enough for school. My baby! I am having mixed feelings, but in general I am so excited for her. She is going to love it. She loves the concept of school. She was, however, very disappointed that she wouldn't be riding a school bus. This morning the school bus stopped in front of our house and she said, "How come they get to ride the school bus and I don't?" It was pretty sad.
I can't wait for her to get to make her own friends. Up to this point she has been friends with people because they're her cousins. I am just so, so excited for her. :)
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Here are some pics from fouth of July.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Thursday, June 13, 2013
So many things have happened in the 12 weeks Vivian has been here. She is starting to control her hands and she loves to chew on them. She has always been good at holding her head up, and her favorite way to be held is up on your shoulder so she can see everything. She is always smiling these days and she has the most beautiful grin! She loves her mommy! She and Stella both stay at Grammie and PawPaws house while I'm at work.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
9:25 p.m. Carrie sent the following text to her doula, Nicole: “Have a weird feeling today. Back hurting a
lot, some contractions. I’m sure it’s all in my head again. But just in case it’s not, heads up.”
10:00 p.m. Carrie started having some regular contractions.
11:31 p.m. Another text to the doula: “I think this is real. They hurt quite a lot.”
12:00 a.m. Carrie’s contractions were 3 minutes apart, lasting 50-60 seconds each. She was having to
breathe deeply to get through them.
12:30 a.m. Carrie called Nicole. Nicole suggested they arrange childcare for Stella and head to the hospital.
1:20 a.m. Carrie and Jeff arrived at Clark Memorial Hospital and registered.
1:30 a.m. Nicole arrived and met Carrie and Jeff in the ER. They were waiting for a nurse from Labor &
Delivery to come escort them upstairs. Carrie’s contractions were close and strong. She was
having trouble keeping her face and shoulders relaxed but was doing a great job breathing
through the contractions.
1:40 a.m. They were taken to Labor & Delivery Room #5411. Carrie’s nurse was Sara and Beth was the
midwife on call for the night.
Carrie tried unsuccessfully to produce a urine sample for the nurse. She was very uncomfortable
on the toilet and her contractions were coming every few minutes. She said she felt like she
needed to go but couldn’t. Nicole told her she was probably feeling the baby’s head.
1:50 a.m. Carrie was hot and shaky. The nurse hooked her up to the fetal monitor to check on the baby.1:57 a.m. Nurse Sara checked Carrie’s cervix. She said Carrie was 7-8 cm dilated/90-100% effaced and the
baby was at a -1 station. She also said she could only feel cervix on the right side and a bulging
bag of water.
After the exam, Carrie turned onto her right side to try to get that last bit of cervix to open up.
2:00 a.m. Sara asked the charge nurse to recheck Carrie and make sure her assessment was correct.
Before the nurse could check, Carrie announced, “I need to push!”
The nurse said Carrie was completely dilated.
2:02 a.m. Carrie turned over onto her hands and knees and her water broke immediately. There was some
Carrie began pushing with the next contraction. The nurses encouraged her to try to wait for
Beth but there was no stopping her!
2:04 a.m. Carrie pushed her baby girl out into the world. Nurse Sara caught the baby, asked Carrie to turn
over and then handed Carrie her brand new daughter. She and Jeff were thrilled to meet their
new baby and a little stunned at how quickly she came.
2:05 a.m. Beth arrived.
Carrie said, “Holy crap, that was fast!”
2:10 a.m. The placenta was delivered.
2:40 a.m. Baby Vivian latched on for her very ﬁrst feeding.
Carrie and Jeff admired their new baby for almost two hours before the newborn exam was
3:50 a.m. The nursery nurse came in to weigh, measure, examine and bathe Vivan in the room with Carrie
and Jeff looking on. She was absolutely perfect!
Vivian was born in the wee hours of the morning on the second day of spring. She was healthy and alert with
APGARs of 8 and 9. Carrie was so strong and focused throughout her labor and did an amazing job staying relaxed even though her labor was super fast and intense. Jeff was a loving and supportive labor partner and never left Carrie’s side. It was a beautiful and amazing birth.