Thursday, September 29, 2011

How Cute Am I?

I'd say pretty darn cute!

Love my SEVEN week old baby girl!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


The weekend before last was a busy and fun one!  We started it off by going to Sams for the first time with Hannah.  It was her first official outing that wasn't a Drs office or another house.  We were almost to Sams when I realized we forgot her diaper bag!  Rookie mistake!  Luckily we were going for diapers and wipes so if needed, we could just open those up before buying them.  She slept the entire time so we were good.  :)
Saturday was Aggie game day so Hannah was all dressed up in her gear looking cute.  She has on ruffle bottoms that Lindsey bought her on at say "Gig Em" on the bottom and are SO cute, I need to get a picture of them.  Liz and Chris came over for dinner and to see Miss Hannah and get a glimpse of their VERY near future when their little girl arrives in a few months!  She and Hannah are going to be BFFs, we already know this. :)

Me and my sweet little girl, LOVE her!

Sunday we headed over to Tracy and Ryan's to hang out for Ryan's birthday.  A few days before that Hannah and I stayed the night while Austin was out of town.  This was the scene in the morning, babies just hanging out!

On Sunday Leah was running around like usual entertaining everyone and saw her baby doll.  Since Haley has arrived she's caught on to what's going on with Haley during feedings.  A few weeks ago she started "feeding" her baby dolls.  It's hilarious!  Since she's two and as seen in the pictures doesn't really know what she's doing we get a good laugh about it.  She's right though, that's how babies eat!  Sort of....
Leah feeding herself with the baby dolls bottle while being a good mommy and feeding her baby.

She's more talented than most, she can feed her baby AND herself AND walk around the house at the same time!  She's a multi-tasker.  Something I have not yet accomplished. ;)

Riding the horsey on Uncle Austin!

Haley was snoozing away most of the time we were there.  

Leah was being a sweet big sister and wanted Haley to have a scarf and stuffed animal while she was swinging.  She just piled stuff on her little sister.  Ha

Hannah snoozing away too

Check out those eyebrows!  I think we may have a little redhead on our hands!  Her eyebrows are getting more red by the day it seems.

Leah putting Pops' hat on her Mommy

Sweet girl giving kisses

Look who woke up!  Happy girl so cute

Giving Pops kisses

Kisses for Hannah

When the girls are together it's like a glimpse of what our lives would have been like with twins

Sweet cousins

Check out those forehead wrinkles!  She always raises her eyebrows, it's so cute


Just hanging out with Daddy

It was pretty much the most "non-birthday birthday" for Ryan but he did get presents still and we had fun.  We've all learned now that kids are involved our birthdays are no longer the same.  Hannah proved that one to me this year for sure!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Poor Baby

My birthday was this past Friday.  The plan was for Hannah and I to have a great day at home together and then when she took her afternoon nap I was going to shower and get ready for our evening.  We had a night out planned with some friends and Lainey and Pops were all ready to babysit Miss Hannah for the first time.  I've never even been away from her longer than a trip to the grocery store (which I gladly took since I hadn't been in a grocery store in months since I was on medical leave) so I was excited to go out with Austin and some friends for my birthday.  
Yeah....didn't happen.

Friday morning Hannah took a nap and when she woke up I changed her out of her jammies and noticed that her right breast area was really red and had a HUGE lump on it.  I'd guess it was the size of a quarter.  I called her pediatrician and got an appointment for that afternoon.  My Mom came and picked us up and we headed to the doctor.  I thought it was probably some kind of infection and that we could get some antibiotics for her and be back at home an hour later.  Well, it was an infection but we didn't get antibiotics and get sent home.  Hannah's doctor wanted us to go to the emergency room from her office and get admitted for at least 48 hours so she could receive IV antibiotics.  Um....WHAT?!  You want us to go to the HOSPITAL!?!  NOT what I thought was going to happen!!  The problem was that since Hannah is so young she can't take oral antibiotics effectively so she needed an IV.  I'm happy that her doctor takes such precautions with newborns but I was just shocked.  Luckily my Mom was there with us because the second I got into the car I started crying.  I called Austin and let him know what was going on and he left work right away to meet us at the ER.  Our poor baby was so upset too because when we had to put her back into her carseat the straps hurt her infection spot.  :(  It was so sad.  

Hannah sleeping in the ER.  Doesn't this just break your heart?  My poor baby, she's too little to be in the hospital!

She was 100% unfazed by the ER experience thankfully.  Getting the IV put in wasn't the most pleasant experience but they gave her something called "TootSweet" which was awesome and helped a LOT!  Baby girl LOVED it!!  It's 24% pure sugar basically and it releases endorphin's that make the babies not feel pain since they've never had any kind of sugar before.  It was awesome!  

A picture of her IV that I took with my phone.  Sadness.  :(

Sleeping away while she got her first round of antibiotics

Finally that evening we got admitted to our own room in the pediatrics unit.  Sweet Hannah was pretty popular there!  We had GREAT nurses who took care of us the entire weekend, other than the fact that she was in the hospital sick, it was a fantastic experience.   We were in a regular room with a hospital bed and couch and they just brought in a crib for Hannah.  I didn't like to see her in that crib but it worked for her!  It seemed too "hospital" like for me for some reason.  It was nice for all of us to be able to stay in the room together though.

 This just about broke my heart.  :(  Baby girl sleeping away with her arm out so they wouldn't have to wake her up to give her the antibiotics in the middle of the night.  The IV was always in her arm obviously but she was only hooked up every six hours for about an hour while they administered the medicine so we didn't have to mess with the tubes all the time thankfully.

Daddy rocking his baby girl to sleep

The view I had from my bed.  Love looking at this sweet face.

Smiling Hannah  :)  I took this with my phone while she was sleeping.  LOVE HER!!!

Sticking her tongue out at Mommy!  Silly girl

Elizabeth came by to visit Hannah on Sunday before she headed back home.  She was there when the doctor came in to tell us we got to go home that day instead of Monday!  Woo hoo!

Hannah and Mommy waiting to be discharged.  Happy faces!

So, our little girl was officially diagnosed with mastitis and a staph infection.  Mastitis is basically a breast infection caused by a clogged duct mostly found in nursing moms.  I actually had just finished antibiotics for mastitis the day before I found Hannah's lump.  I asked if there was a link between both of us having mastitis and the doctors said no.  On Sunday morning I showed the hospital pediatric doctor my fingers because once he said that Hannah's mastitis was a staph infection the wheels started turning in all of our brains.  Two days before I gave birth to Hannah I got a manicure.  About a week later I started noticing my cuticles one by one looked horrible like I got a really bad manicure.  They were just red and swollen and a few of them had spots on them that looked like ingrown nails.  I didn't really think anything else of it other than noticing they hurt.  Well, once the doctor mentioned staph my mom asked if I showed her doctor my nails.  When I did on Sunday he said "yep, that's staph too, you need to take the same medicine Hannah is on and wear gloves every time you touch her for a week".  He also said that the staph infection on my cuticles is probably what caused my mastitis AND hers!  Insert horrible guilt HERE!  :(  So, in a nut shell, a manicure I got before my daughter was even born ended up with her in the hospital when she's four weeks old.  How does that happen?!  But thankfully she's all better now and I have some words I'm going to share with a certain nail place near my house once I can get up there without Hannah.  

Hannah hasn't had the greatest reaction to her antibiotics but after going to the doctor again yesterday she's doing much better!  We had a rough few days after coming home from the hospital but she seems to be back to her old happy self again and we're just ready to put this past us!  Never did I think that in her first four short weeks she'd have been to the doctor FIVE times and have a hospital stay!  Poor baby!

Since we went to the doctor again yesterday we got her latest stats.  Baby girl is growing like a weed!
Height 21.75" (71%)
Weight 9lbs 7oz (52%)
Head 15.12" (78%)

Monday, September 12, 2011

One Month Old!

I can not believe our sweet girl is already a month old!  I feel like I was just sitting in the hospital bed feeding her in the middle of the night.  We love our little girl SO much and it's been the quickest, most exhausting and happiest month of our lives!

Hannah, here is what you've been up to in your first month!

Sleep:  You are really consistent on your sleeping 90% of the time.  You are GREAT at night but don't like to nap too often during the day.  Normally you take a good 3-4 hour nap in the afternoon and that's your big nap for the day.  I'll take that great night sleeping over naps any day!  You wake up twice at night, usually between 1-3am and then again between 4-7am.  You usually go to bed around 9-10pm and wake up between 8-9am.  One of my favorite things about you sleeping is that you smile so much when you first go to sleep.  It is so sweet and we love watching you fall asleep.

Daily Routine: You usually wake up around 9am and eat then you like to hang out and enjoy your morning in your swing.  You just relax and look around for about 30 mins to an hour.  Then we just hang out, you eat more and some days you keep Mommy super busy by wanting to be held, going potty, getting fussy, etc.  Sometimes you surprise me and take a morning nap.  Then you go down for your afternoon nap around 1-2pm and sleep until 4-5pm.  You eat and we wait for Daddy to come home.  When he comes home it's all Hannah/Daddy time!  We give you a bath every other day and then hang out with you until bedtime.

Feed: You eat a LOT!!!  Between every 1.5-3 hours.  That is one thing that ALWAYS comforts you.  If you are crying and we can't get you to stop any other way I just start feeding you and you're a happy girl!

Weight: During your hospital stay this weekend you weighed 9lbs 6oz!  We can tell too, your face is really starting to fill out.  You are just SO cute. :)  You are still long and lean though, just getting bigger everyday!

Length: 21 3/4 inches, a whole 1.25 inches bigger than one month ago at birth

Diaper Size: Newborn size fits the best still but you're bladder is apparently bigger now because at night you get your clothes wet while wearing them so we're putting you in size 1 Pampers (LOVE the wetness indicator line!) while you're asleep until you fit in them more.  They are just huge on you.

Clothes Size: Newborn and 0-3 month sizes.  You're so long that your newborn fitted jammies don't fit anymore but all your newborn clothes still fit.  Most 0-3 month onesies are still too big on you but a few of them fit good.

Hair Color: We're not really sure what your hair color is.  It's the same as when you were born and sometimes it looks dark blonde but in the sun it looks strawberry blond.  

Eye color: Your eye color is still the same as at birth, it's a dark blue/gray color.  Daddy and I both have hazel/green eyes but yours don't look like they're going to end up that color.  Only time will tell I guess.

Funniest moment: You like to go potty on Daddy and I weekly while we're in the middle of changing you.  We end up laughing so hard at you and you look like you're pretty proud of yourself.

Milestone: You have started smiling at us!  REAL smiles!  L.O.V.E it!!!  You gave me your first real smile on my birthday this past Friday!  My birthday may have ended up in the hospital with you but it started with you smiling at me so it still was one of the best birthdays ever.  :)

Your favorite toy: You love your friend the giraffe that stays in your crib.  We turn your crib mobile on and you just lay there and stare at the giraffe and listen to the music and just look so happy.  You also love your swing, you just hang out in there looking happy.  One of your favorite places, not a toy, but where you're happiest is the changing table in your room.  For some reason you are just SO happy there!

Hannah, your Daddy and I love you SO much!!  You are getting so big SOOO fast and we can't believe you are already a month old!  

Some outtakes from your one month photo shoot

Wondering what Daddy is doing while he's trying to get her to smile for the camera




Daddy's Dream Come True

Labor Day weekend Jackie and Bryan came into town to meet Hannah so Saturday night we had some friends over for dinner.  The boys grilled while the girls played with Hannah.  :)  I only got three pictures the entire night, I guess someone kept me a little busy!

This picture cracks me up!  I don't know what she was doing but it's hilarious.

Playing on her activity mat for the first time!  That's Bryan's arm, that was the closest he got to Hannah all weekend, he was a little scared to hold her.  

Sunday was the big day!  The 1st Aggie football game of the 2011 season.  Daddy was SO excited to get his little girl all dressed up to watch her 1st Aggie game with him.  She must have been good luck because they won!  She loves laying on his arm like this.

Ready for some football!  Times sure have changed!  Instead of heading to College Station, tailgating all day and watching the game from the stands we stayed home and gave Hannah her bath during halftime. 

Cute little nose

I'm not lying when I say this, right before I took this picture Austin said to me "go get Hannah's bow so I can get a picture with her".  Ha!  I've trained him well! ;)