Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Abby's Room

I had a difficult time deciding what to do with Abby's room.  I'm not big on nursery themes. I did find 2 pictures that were my inspiration for her vintage-y inspired room. I also did not want to spend much money at all.  In fact, all furniture and most decorations in Abby's room except the crib and mattress were purchased at consignment stores. I love how it turned out!
As you walk in the door.
The bedding is from JC Penny.
Pinterest inspired decorations.  These were so easy and cheap!
Frame just waiting for Abby's pictures!
We got the chair from a consignment store and used a slip cover.  
Shelf from my room at my parents house.  I'm still trying to decorate it.
Pictures found at a garage sale that was my inspiration for the room.
Dresser bought at a consignment store.  We painted it and changed the hardware.
From Ikea.  
Such a true quote for our tiny little girl!
The Mickey and Mini Mouse were mine from my childhood.
This was a stool that I bought for $5 and painted.  The lamp is from IKEA.
 Of course what makes this room even better is the adorable baby girl taking a nap in her crib.

Saturday, November 17, 2012


Here are similar pictures of Miss Mady and Abby.  

It's hard for me to tell if my girls look alike or not.  What do you think?

Friday, November 16, 2012

1 week

Miss Abby is 1 week today!  
It's hard to believe that just a week ago, I was huge, pregnant and making my way to the hospital.  
Her birth was so easy and I feel 1,000 times better a week after, than I did with Mady.
Abby is definitely showing us she has a little different personality than her sister.
Mady would never wake up for feedings.  We would have to tell her when to eat.  She was so passive.  She also slept 5 hours straight from the time we took her home from the hospital.  This was not necessarily a good thing considering her feeding issues that were later discovered.
This little miss is like clockwork.  
I don't even have to set an alarm to make sure she eats.  
She will let you know at exactly 3 hours that it's time for her next meal.
Instead of being passive during her feeding issues earlier this week, she was was agitated and wouldn't settle down.  
We have loved getting to know our Baby Abby!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Feeding issues Take 2

I often look at moms who breastfeed and wonder how did you get so lucky?  When I hear stories of moms who pump so much milk they have to give it away or their babies gain weight from the start, I am in awe.
Apparently, Abby wanted to follow in her sister's footsteps.
This time, however, we were on top it from the start.
Weight gain is something I don't mess around with.
After you've had a child who doesn't get to birth weight until after she's a month old, you're willing to do almost anything to see the numbers go up on the scale.
Abby weighed 5 lbs 12 oz at birth and at our doctor's appointment on Monday, she was 5 lbs 1 oz.  That's a 12% weight loss and most likely would have ended her up in the hospital but because we were meeting with the lactation consultant that day, the doctor let us have another 24 hours to get her weight up at least an ounce.
Of course, after that doctor appointment, and with my raging hormones, I was in tears.  The old fears of what Mady went through took over.
We met with the lactation lady (as Jeremy calls her) and she was someone that God placed in our lives at the right moment.  She was so encouraging!  We explained everything we went through with Mady.  The hour long process is took to feed her breast milk before ultimately switching to formula.  
She replied, "You don't have time for that.  I am more pro-family than I am pro-breastfeeding and you need to find something that works for your family."  
So we figured out a plan which included bottle feeding formula and whatever breastmilk I could pump.
The next day we took Miss Abby back to the doctor and she had gained 5.5 ounces!!  So we know we're on the right track.
Ultimately I would love to be able to breastfeed my kiddos but that doesn't look like its going to be possible with this chick again.  The formula road is not a bad road and Abby's older sister is a perfectly healthy little girl.  
Who would've thought my football playing husband would have 2 little girls struggle with weight gain?

Sunday, November 11, 2012

A Baby Story

On Friday Miss Abigail Hope joined our family!  We have spent the last few days loving on her and her proud big sister Mady.
Friday could not have gone better.
Since we moved to Cheyenne, I had to find a new doctor and of course would be delivering in a new hospital.  I cannot speak more highly of my experience here in Cheyenne.  Hands down, this delivery was the easiest and most wonderful experience.  
From the guy who gave me my epidural and spent extra time explaining everything he was doing, to the labor/delivery nurse who was so much fun, and the doctor who was fantastic, everything went so well.
On Friday, I was scheduled to be induced and we went to the hospital at 7:00.  
Around 7:30, my doctor came in and started a natural induction process.  (No pitocin YAY!) 
It immediately started cramps and fairly regular contractions.  I was having back labor so by 11:30, I wanted an epidural.  I was only a 4 at this point and a little disappointed I wasn't making more progress.
After my epidural (side note: the doctor who put my epidural in actually did his residency at Wesley Hospital in Wichita!), things were good in my world.  I love epidurals and have decided I probably won't be able to have a natural birth and I am totally ok with that.
At 12:30, my doctor came in and broke my water and then at 2:00 he checked and I was at a 6 and said he would be back in an hour. I was excited about making progress since the morning had been rather slow.  
At 2:20, I started having uncontrollable shaking.  I never had anything like that with Mady so I had the nurse come in.  She gave me a popsicle thinking it was low blood sugar, but then decided to check me.  I was a 10 and the baby was coming fast!  I was having the "baby shakes".  
She ran out and grabbed the doctor right before he headed down for lunch.  
He came in and said, we're having a baby now!
The nurses literally had less than 5 minutes to get things ready and with 2 pushes, little Abby joined our family at 2:34 PM! 

I could not believe how fast she came!  We were all a little surprised including the nurses.  With Mady I pushed for 1 1/2 hours.  
She came out pink, wiggly, and adorable!  

We are so in love with our tiny little girl!