Sunday, April 27, 2008


Addison is becoming a lot more alert and we're trying to keep her engaged as much as possible when she's awake during the day to allow us to sleep more at night. I put her on her back in her activity gym today and she was happy as a clam for a good 30 minutes. She even played with the chimes and kicked her feet at the toys (which I think is pretty advanced for 2 weeks!).

Wide-eyed and taking everything in!
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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Photo Op

We set up a do it yourself photo session today. I couldn't resist the tutu...although it was way too big, but way cute.

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Bow head

I am determined to get her used to bows as soon as possible. This was our first trip out to the doctor. She has been doing so great in the car....let's hope this lasts!! We also got great news at the doctor this morning. After being concerned about her dropping a little more than 10% of her birth weight, we had a follow up this morning. I've been so concerned about her getting enough to eat...I feel like I'm doing everything imaginable to increase milk supply. Anyways, after weighing in at 6 lbs, 15 oz. on Friday, today she was already up to 7 lbs, 9 oz....only 2 oz. less than her birth weight! That's progress!
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Grandparents sure are great!

Well, we've made it to two weeks...thanks to a lot of help! JB & Lois (Andy's dad and stepmom) blessed us with help the first week home from the hospital. It was wonderful to get to spend time with them and they are always so selfless with their time. We couldn't have done it without them! Andy's sister and three kids came out to visit as well. Addison got to meet her three cousins, Owen (22 months), Eloise (3), and little Iris (1 month).
Nana has been a huge help this week taking time to spend each day with us doing whatever needs to be done, including bonding with Addison so mom can sleep. Again, I couldn't have done it without you! Friday, my first day at home alone, will come too soon!
Papa finally got to come visit Addison this week after having to stay away because he had been sick. He was all smiles and so cute with his little granddaughter.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Welcome home Addison

Well, we finally made it home Sunday evening with our beautiful girl. This outfit was way too big for her 6lb, 14oz. frame, but it was just too cute I couldn't resist.
Ignore the double chin please. I made the mistake of putting away all of maternity clothes last night and stepping on the scale this morning. Talk about depressing!! I won't be doing that again for quite a while.

I love my little cuddle bug. She loves being held and is so content in your arms. Sometimes I wish she would stay this little forever!
Her first time in her swing gave some credibility to those reviews at babies r us. There is a reason this thing has 5 stars. It's magical and she loves it. This is also a rare glimpse of her eyes since they are closed all the time. This kid sleeps like a champ!
Today I got her started on the bows. I figured she better be getting used to these things.
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Enough of the hospital!!!

Well, if you read the last post, you guys know we had a few extra days in the hospital this weekend for some phototherapy to get the billirubin levels down. Addison "sunbathed" under the blue light for 24 hours while mom watched her scream. There were a few calm moments, but what broke my heart were these darn shades she had to wear. I wasn't allowed to take them off, even when she fed. Saturday was probably the worst night of them all....but I got threw it knowing that Sunday morning we could go home....or so we thought.
I finally had enough of the blue light and took her out for a few minutes of bonding time. Sunday morning, our test showed the numbers had gone down, so we packed up the car, got her in her going home outfit, went over the discharge with the nurse, and waiting around for the Dr.
This was Addison's reaction when they told us we couldn't go home yet. Mine was close to the same.
Daddy had to console his two girls quite a bit. But 5pm on Sunday after 5 days in the hospital, we were given the ok to go home!!!
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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Our First Few Days with Addison

Addison has loved having such wonderful visitors. Grandma (Nana) was here on Wednesday and eager to hold her for the first time. Addison was exhausted from such a busy day. You can barely see it, but she has an OSU cap on (not because mom was so eager for her to show her Cowboy pride), but because that was the only thing that fit the little girl.
Andy is loving his new role as daddy and I know this little girl already has him wrapped around her tiny little finger. He is a champ at changing diapers and swaddling. He even has some of the nurses beat. I'm waiting for him to show me his trick.
Grandma Lois and Grandpa came to meet her on Friday and we are SOOO excited they are staying with us until next weekend. Addison is such a cuddler and already much prefers falling asleep on you as opposed to any cradle/bassinet. I just love after she feeds when she continues to cuddle and sleep right on me. It's the most beautiful thing.
So today, we got some "not great" news. Addison's billieruben (jaundice) levels have continued to climb. We were supposed to be discharged last night (Friday), but for some reason, I wasn't quite ready. I asked to stay one more night. This morning (Saturday) they told me that her levels had climbed from 12 to 16 and were concerned about how quickly they had climbed. So now they want her to stay at least until Sunday and have "phototherapy"...hense the blue light. I have been discharged, but thankfully can remain at the hospital under parent care....meaning I stay in the same room we have been in and take care of her (i.e. get to nurse and try to soothe her as she cries) but am no longer a patient.....meaning get your own pain medicine and food. Fine by me.

She's got these googles she has to wear so I can't see her beautiful blue eyes, but I try to think of it like she's getting a healthy suntan. So please be praying for beautiful pink skin and low levels tomorrow so we can take her home and introduce her to her two puppies and get her settled in.
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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

She's here!

This morning right before we left for the hospital...I made Andy take one last picture of the belly.....

Her first picture....she let us know her lungs were working. It was just so beautiful to hear that cry. They were working to get her pretty hard because she was "jammed" up in there, so it was just such a relief to finally see her and know she was ok. My doctor was playing KSBJ music in the operating room and right when she was born, such a beautiful song "To God be the Glory" came on and my doctor said it was dedicated to little Addison. Thank you God for this beautful blessing!

Our first family pic. Addison arrived at 10:44 am this morning weighing in at 7lbs, 11 oz. and is 20 1/4 inches long!

Right after her bath. We'll post more pictures soon. She is sleeping well already and feeding is going well too.......and I'm very thankful for morphine at this point.

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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Little Addison is not so little....

We went to the Dr. today for what has now become our final check-up. Our ultrasound showed that Addison is already 8lbs, 2 oz! My doctor said she is ready when we are and wanted to move up my C-section. He started checking availability at the hospital...and even checked tomorrow, yikes!....but she now has a new birthday of Wednesday, April 9th! So everyone's schedules aside, that's when she's coming. Serves us right for trying to be such planners.

We are so excited to meet her and can't believe it's right around the corner. I know I've been stingy on pictures lately, but seriously, our lives have been pretty boring. If you wanted to see pictures of me cleaning out everything I could think of....closets, pantry, fridge/freezer....heck, I even oiled my front door! I could show you those, but then I'd officially be boring you. Everything is about to get a lot more exciting and I'm sure you guys will be sick of the pictures soon enough!!