Sunday, May 17, 2009

New This and That

This weekend we went out and bought an outside rug for a new frequently visited spot - the balcony. Since the air is warmer, the flowers are in bloom, and the birds are chirping, it is a great place to be. Notice the plastic lattice that Steve put up, to keep someone from sticking their head through the bars. She loves her new outside space. Nana O'Brien - notice she has on her new pink pants. They are perfect!

Kylie also loves her new dress that Grandma Rosie crocheted for her, for her 1st Birthday. It is very soft and snugly. She enjoyed wearing it to church today.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Kylie's One Year Stats

Today was Kylie's one year checkup, which meant more dreaded immunizations. She was a real sport during the examination. We found out that her belly button is closed more than before, so this is less of a concern. She is ready to convert to Vitamin D milk from formula (this makes the budget happy). And she can eat pretty much anything, as long as it is the appropriate size to prevent choking (this also makes the budget happy). All in all, a clean bill of health.

Her one year stats are:

Weight: 22 lbs., five ounces (70th percentile)
Length: 2 feet, six inches (90th percentile)
Head Circumference: 18.11 inches (75th percentile)

One wierd thing - the pediatrician said to cut raisins into pieces, to prevent choking. Who does that?!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day Surprise

We went down to Sarah and Danny's for Kylie's birthday on Friday night, and spent the night. On Saturday morning, early, we got up for Steve's gift to me for Mother's Day - a weekend away. Sarah and Danny watched Kylie for the weekend, and we got to sneak away to Nauvoo, IL for a little rest and relaxation. It was wonderful. Our first trip together since Kylie's birth was just what we needed, time to focus on us. We have decided that we should get away once a year, just the two of us.
Steve had confessed this past Saturday that he had planned this trip - I guess he couldn't keep the secret anymore. What a great surprise! He had even made reservations at a cabin in Nauvoo, that was so quaint and secluded. I loved it!

When we got to Nauvoo on Saturday, it was about midday and we ate lunch in downtown Nauvoo at a restaurant called Emma's Pantry. Delicious! We then went on a carriage ride through the woods of Nauvoo and listened to accounts of the Pioneer people who lived in the area in Joseph Smith's time. It was a touching experience, and I am grateful that this ride could be part of our trip. We also visited the temple, which was uplifting. The rest of the time was spent relaxing and reading. (Steve watched movies, while I read or slept....). Sunday morning we got to sleep in, since church didn't start until 10am. You can imagine how long it has been since we were able to sleep in....That was fabulous!!

Thank you Steve, for all of your work to make this trip happen. And thank you to Sarah and Danny for watching Kylie. You guys are so good to us!

Outside our little cabin in the woods

Happy Birthday Kylie

March 8th was Kylie's birthday, I can't believe that she is one year old already. We went down to Sarah and Danny's to have Kylie's party, and she had a great time. She enjoyed her presents from everyone. Then she had her cake. This was my favorite part. Her cake was a stawberry torte, and she loved it. She tried to put the whole piece in her mouth all at the same time.

It didn't work but she sure did enjoy it.

Some of my favorite things Kylie does:
  • Says "Hi" to most everyone she sees
  • Sticks her tongue out when she is concentrating - Grampy and I do this too.
  • Loves the outdoors. Even when she was a baby I could take her outside and she would stop crying. Now she likes to spend hours out on the balcony listening to birds and looking at the flowers.
  • She likes to get dirty. Cleaning those black hands from digging in dirt is a regular occurence.
  • She is happy most all of the time, and smiles a lot too.
  • She likes to be held. I always wanted a snuggly baby. I got one :-)
  • Fierce independence and determination- likes to do things herself. I have no idea where this trait came from.
  • Wakes up with a smile.

Happy Birthday Kylie!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

One Year Ago Today - Kylie's Birth Story

One year ago today at 4pm I reported to West Allis Memorial to start the process of bringing Kylie into the world. I had to be induced, because my heart rate had been gradually increasing, and the doctor decided that it was time to induce. It was Wednesday, and Mom flew in that morning to help me with my little adventure. We went out to eat for lunch, I remember how good that food tasted. Anyway, Steve got off work early, and we all went to the hospital to have them give me the pill that softens your cervix. Everything was looking good that night, I slept well, but was a little nervous once I woke up.

At about 7 o'clock that morning they started the Petocin, and my contractions began. I practiced my breathing, and the time seemed to pass slowly. I watched the clock as I watched the monitors and breathed, and endured the checks to see if I was progressing. I wasn't, and about 10 o'clock they increased the Petocin. I kept breathing, changing positions, sat on my birthing ball, trying to get through the contractions. After another check around 2pm they increased the Petocin again, to try and get the labor to progress. Kylie's heart rate was being monitored, and after laboring for most of the day the nurses were starting to get worried. My contractions were strong, but I just wasn't making any progress. About 4 o'clock I was only dialated to 3.5. I was so disappointed, all of that work, for what felt like nothing. At around 5:30 my doctor came in and gave me the bad news. Kylie was showing signs of stress, and I clearly wasn't making any progress. It was time to do a c-section. Once the decision was made, it was a frantic time. More nurses came into the room, they gave Steve clothes to change into. We asked for a moment of privacy in all of the commotion, so that we could say a prayer. It was the one time I let myself cry. I felt of sense of peace about the situation after the prayer, and then the nurses came in to wheel me into the operating room. I was still having tons of contractions on the way to the OR, which was bittersweet. When I first got into the operating room, a spinal block needed to be placed. I was told to hold the hands of this resident doctor, I felt really bad for him. His hands were all sweaty, and he was really nervous. I asked to hold Steve's hands instead (I had some nerve, I blame it on being in labor all day). They wouldn't let me, so I wasn't happy about that, but once the block was placed the pain went away. I was surprised at how quickly the c-section went, it only felt like a few minutes passed by. Steve stayed at my head the whole time, and said the sweetest most encouraging words. He probably doesn't remember what he said, but I do, and I hope I never forget those words. All of the sudden (at 5:53pm) I heard Kylie cry, and Steve told me to look to my right, and there she was, laying on the little table, being cleaned up and examined. I remember that she looked just like what I thought she would. It was hard not being able to hold her immediately, but Steve got to, so that was just as good. She weighted 7 pounds, 12 ounces. She was pretty puffy from me being on fluids for so long.

Once I was in recovery I got to hold her and look at her, and feel her soft little face, and fingers and toes. One of the most tender moments of my life. I was grateful that they let Steve be in recovery with me too, it was so nice to have him there with me through everything.

We are so incredibly grateful for our gift of Kylie. She continues to keep me smiling, and bring joy to our days. We love you Kylie!