Wednesday, June 30, 2010
So, 28 days ago, or 4 weeks ago, at this time, I was snuggling my brand new baby Jessie, probably waiting for Rocky to return from picking up Maggie. I was probably starting to get some feeling back in my toes and talking with Nurse Nadine about getting out of bed at some point that night (though it wasn't until much later that I actually did get out of bed, after Rocky had taken Maggie to the Krieger's -- lucky Maggie got to miss what appeared to be a massacre). I was probably still a bit in shock about having gone into labor and actually having my baby that day.
Jessie is awake a lot more often. She was up for about 90 minutes last night starting at about 2 a.m. or so. She wasn't fussy, didn't want to eat, just wanted to be up. I did my best to just snuggle her and not talk or sing to her too much so she wouldn't think that is a good time for us to have some quality time together. She loves to look around. We're also working on getting her to sleep or be content to sit somewhere other than on someone. She did several stints in the packnplay today and I think she is almost ready to try the swing. It's been cloudy today, but hot, so no walk, but we've been able to get outside a few times. Hopefully the rainy weather will pass so we can go on a walk tomorrow.
Jessie will officially be 1 month old on Friday and I really need to get her birth announcements ordered. I may also ask Rocky if I can use his camera on Friday to take some proper portraits of Miss Jessie.
Monday, June 28, 2010
- Last night, Maggie was playing with the Wii drum stand. Rocky asked her why. She explained she needs to practice for her drum class. A little later she came downstairs crying because she hit her head with the guitar. When Rocky asked her why, she said she needs to practice for her guitar class. So Rocky asked her where these classes take place. She thought about it a bit and said "South Dakota. But it's very far away so I need to practice."
- At church yesterday, Maggie asked if my sister was in heaven. The question came out of the blue and not sure what she was thinking.
- And my new favorite: "Mom, when you give someone a hug, you give them love."
Well, I suppose I won’t be able to talk about Jessie’s age in terms of days soon as she will be a month old on Friday! Today, Jessie and I went for a walk at Lake Elmo. There is not a lot of shade there, so we simply walked and when the gas got to be too much for Jessie, there wasn’t much more I could do but keep walking. Fortunately, the rocky path seemed to help knock the gas bubbles out of her. It was a nice morning, though leaving around 8:30 was almost too late as it was getting quite warm by the time we got home. We did find a shady spot to change her diaper!
The park was lovely and the sky was so blue – not a single cloud to be seen. I watched the carp jumping and a mother duck with her 4 ducklings try to avoid the carp. Unfortunately, my cell phone does not take very good photos, so you can’t see the blue sky. But the mother duck and her ducklings were adorable.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I can’t believe my baby is already 22 days old! She is so much more alert and has been awake as long as an hour at a time. She loves to look at people, especially big sister. She tries really hard to hold her head up. She also has some gas issues. I’m not sure what I ate to give her such bad gas, but I’m hoping as her body grows, the gas will at least not be as painful for her.
She is a snuggler! She sleeps well at night as long as she is touching me and is on my side of the bed – Rocky took her one night and found she calmed right down once he moved to my side of the bed. I’m also trying to encourage her to take the pacifier.
Grandpa Mike & Grandma Bonnie got here on the last day of Grandma Alana’s visit. By request: I wasn’t yet cleared to drive, so I didn’t want to be home alone. Maggie was, of course, thrilled to death to see Grandpa Mike and started begging for “Grandpa Mike games” almost immediately. It has been wonderful to have the extra help around the house, especially as Jessie is a snuggler much like Maggie was/is. Here are some pictures from their visit:
Grandpa brought Maggie a “big girl” bike. She kept Grandpa active by taking it to the park several times.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
A huge storm came through Billings today. Thunder, lightning and HAIL! It has been a very long time since I have seen a hail storm. I will add a video a little later. The storm also brought a tornado that took the roof off of the Metra, tore up a McDonald’s sign and destroyed several other buildings at the corner of Main & Lake Elmo Drive. At our house, we saw a lot of hail and rain. We lost power briefly. Friends of ours, the Kriegers, who live on the other side of Main Street, lost power for several hours and came over to enjoy some electricity.
The only damage we really had was to some flower pots and the garden. More pictures can be seen on my Facebook page. Tomorrow I’ll go assess the damage a little further to see if any of the plants could make a comeback. I am just very very thankful that we are all safe and we only lost a few plants.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I cannot believe Jessie is 2 weeks old already. Sometimes I feel like I should still be pregnant. Yesterday was her due date. Tomorrow morning, we have her 2 week appointment and will see how much she has grown. She is awake much more often, especially during the day. Most nights go fairly smoothly, though last night was difficult. I’m not sure if it was something I ate or what. She seems to have a hard time with poops, though that is sometimes nice for those of us who have to change her diapers. We can pretty much tell when she’s done – she never poops just once!
Maggie still loves her baby sister, except when she cries! She was thrilled at church on Sunday as she got to tell everyone about her baby sister. Rev Hathaway even asked Maggie about Jessie during Kids’ Time. Rocky stood up with her and later said he thought about holding her up “Lion King” style.
Grandma Bonnie & Grandpa Mike are here now and it didn’t take Maggie long to wear out Grandpa Mike (who is napping as I type). Grandpa Mike also brought Maggie a big girl bike and pictures from her first trip to the park with her bike will be posted later.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Grandma Alana has been here since June 6. Maggie has enjoyed having Grandma here, even though Maggie has gone to daycare most days. I kept her home yesterday and she and Grandma made cookies. Maggie loves making cookies so they had a lot of fun.
Jessie slept through most of the baking.
After we finished the cookies, we headed to Lake Elmo State park for a picnic and to play with the Kriegers. It got very hot, but we did stay a couple of hours. I wish the park had more shady areas for Jessie as she ended up spending most of her time in the stroller in the shade. Maggie and Olivia really wanted to throw sticks in the water, so Alyssa walked the kids to the swimming area and we had to promise to bring Maggie and Olivia back sometime, and we’d remember to bring their swimsuits. We’re also going to set up more play dates for the park, zoo and spray park.
Maggie shows off her gymnastic skillz. She told me “my daddy showed me how to flip.”
Sunday, June 13, 2010
We planted our garden the weekend before Mother’s Day and it is growing wildly! I’m looking forward to harvest time.
Sugar snap peas, lettuce & cucumbers, all from seeds
Pumpkins & watermelon, from seeds
Squash from seeds, peppers from seedlings (the pepper seedlings are not doing as well as everything else.
Broccoli, from seedlings
Carrots from seeds (probably need to thin these out)
Cilantro and basil from seedlings
A fruit of our labor – the first tomato! From seedling
Grandma, Jessie & Maggie enjoy the deck this afternoon after Maggie & I watered and weeded the garden.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Grandma Alana got here on Sunday. Rocky went back to work yesterday so we've just been hanging around the house. We got a reprieve from the clouds this afternoon and we took Jessie on a quick walk. It was nice to get out of the house, but Jessie wasn't happy with the short walk we took. She is awake now and can't seem to decide if she's hungry. She seems to enjoy watching Grandma and sucking/chewing on her pacifier.
Jessie's biliruben count was down on Tuesday so we didn't need to go back to the doctor again this week. We will see our pediatrician next week at her 2 week appointment.
We gave Jessie her first home bath the other night. Maggie was so excited to help give her a bath in the sink, because that's where babies like to have a bath. She got her stool up by the kitchen sink and helped put the water in the tub and pour in some soap. We got Jessie undressed and put her in the tub, at which point she started crying (and peed). Maggie told us that she was all done and went to play with Grandma.
Maggie loves her little sister and asks to hold her quite a bit. She's gone to daycare every day this week, much to her disappointment. Tomorrow, she, Grandma and I are going to do some shopping. She is very excited to have some "big girl's time." Grandma is leaving next week, so we might let her stay home one day next week to play more with Grandma. Grandma Bonnie and Grandpa Mike are coming next week as well, so she'll have more grandparents to play with, and Jessie will have more grandparents to dote on her.
And me, well, I'm healing. Slowly. And trying to not get frustrated. The walk today was good, but a few hours later and I'm feeling it in my incision. I want to be at 100%, or at least 80%, and I'm not. I know it takes time and I just had major surgery. But it's frustrating. I know I just need to take advantage of this time.
Monday, June 7, 2010
She is sleeping well -- 3-4 hour stretches at night. And of course, I do realize I have jinxed myself by saying that.
We had a good appointment at the pediatrician's office. She hasn't lost much since we left the hospital -- maybe an ounce or two, though I can't remember exactly where she was when we left. Her bilirubin count is high, so we are headed back to the pediatrician's office tomorrow to get more blood drawn. She is a little yellow, but not quite as yellow as Maggie was.
How we thank God for you!
Because of you we have great joy in the presence of God!
1 Thessalonians 3:9
Saturday, June 5, 2010
What to do with Maggie has been the question ever since we found out I was pregnant. Fortunately, we have plenty of friends and relatives in town. We were also some what “lucky” with the c-section: the timing was perfect as we could drop Maggie off at daycare, get to the hospital and have the baby AND still have time to figure out where Maggie would spend the night. In my denial, at first I thought Rocky could just go home and stay with Maggie. But at least he was the sane one and said he would stay, even after I realized he needed to stay and told him so. Once we returned to the room, Rocky started the phone calls. A call to the Krieger’s found a spot for Maggie for the night. We knew Maggie would be thrilled for a sleep over at Olivia’s – especially as she had asked for one just days earlier.
Rocky picked up Maggie from daycare Wednesday afternoon and they pretty much came straight to the hospital. Rocky said Maggie excitedly told all her teachers that she has a baby sister. When they got to the hospital, Maggie showed a little concern for me (she had been very worried about me before daycare as she saw me in labor), but was tickled pink (have you thought about that saying? I think when Maggie first saw Jessie is the first time I’ve really understood it) to see her baby sister. The excitement has not worn off, though. Four days later and she’s still excited to see Jessie.
Maggie’s no longer volunteering to change poopy diapers. She watched Rocky change one at the hospital on Thursday (she really did not want to go to daycare, so we let her hang out at the hospital all day. Not sure how much she enjoyed it, but she didn’t want to leave Jessie or me). The first words out of her mouth were: “Eww gross. Dad, that is DISGUSTING!” She tells us very often that “Babies sleep all day and cry all night.”
She also spent last night in her bed ALL night! She had been telling us that she would AFTER the baby is born and she was true to her word. She did wake up at one point and Rocky snuggled with her a little, but otherwise, she stayed there all night. My baby is growing up.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Updated 5/1/2012: sharing my story as part of