Emberly loves to eat but doesn’t take her time with it. We were blessed with a perfect latch from the beginning and after about the first week, she became quite the efficient and fast eater. She eats every 2-3 hours during the day and struggled to stay awake for a full feeding at the beginning. Since she hadn’t quite gained back her birth weight by her first pediatrician visit, the dr. put her on Vitamin D, and since then she’s been filling out quite nicely. I mean, just check out those arm and leg rolls! Around week 4 we introduced the bottle, which she took like a champ, and has no trouble going back and forth from bottle to mom.
Girl loves to sleep and will pretty much sleep through anything – trumpet concerts (thanks to the neighbor), Sunday morning worship, at the mall, in the car, etc. She takes several 2ish hour naps throughout the day and sleeps 2-4 hours straight at night.
You really are the sweetest baby. You pretty much only fuss when you’re hungry or have a dirty diaper. I love your little grin (even if it just means you’re passing gas or pooping) and whenever you open your sweet little eyes.
You had so many FIRSTS this month!
Your first Sunday at church you slept like a baby through the whole worship service and sermon.
Your first visit to the pediatrician you didn’t like being undressed, but you didn’t mind the Dr.’s poking and prodding.
You met SO many friends and family and charmed them all.
You loved your first bath and continue to enjoy it every night (as long as you’re fed).
You joined your dad & me on a date night on the Canal.
You and I had our first girls’ trip to Target & Starbucks and have had a few more since then.
You visited daddy at work and he enjoyed showing you off to all his coworkers.
You stayed with your first babysitters – grandma & grandpa Crisp – for a couple of hours and were pretty good for most of the time.
You went on your first road trip to visit your grandparents and great-grandmothers and were loved on by so many people.
This weekend was somewhat busy, tiring and wonderful. The highlights:
Saturday morning, we gathered all our important documents necessary for passport applications, then headed to the post office, hopeful that the submitting process wouldn’t take too long. But when we got to the post office, the passport line was pretty long. We decided to wait it out anyway. Two hours passed and we had barely moved and it was 10 minutes till closing time…I thought for sure we would be told they couldn’t process the rest of our applications and we would have to come back a different day (I’ve seen this happen before). But then one of the workers came out and told us to not let anyone else in line, and started taking passport pictures for those who needed it (we took ours on our own last week) and things started to pick up. 3 hours from getting in line, we finally left the post office after submitting the applications. We were so happy to get out of there! And for those of you wondering why we even need passports, we are planning a trip to Germany to visit my parents & some other countries this Christmas!
Saturday early evening, we headed downtown so Loren could take some headshots for me. Of course, he got some other great pictures as well. 😉
And just to prove that Emberly wasn’t in her carseat ALL weekend, here she is on Sunday after church just relaxing. 🙂
Sunday evening, I hosted a bachelorette party for Vashti (she’s getting married this weekend!!), and it was so much fun. I’m just a little mad at myself for not getting any pictures other than this one (thanks to Neah for this one), but the food was good and the games were funny and we all had a great time. Now, to get this girl married!!
This past weekend was the first one we were able to actually get some stuff done since baby was born. We’ve loved the past few weekends with family and friends, but sometimes you just need a quiet[er] Saturday.
Friday night we put Miss E to bed, then had a date night of dinner, a short card game and movie.
Saturday morning we slept in, then had a late brunch on the patio while Emberly napped. Later on, Loren gave Emberly her first bottle, which she took like a champ! Loren and I worked on random things that we had been putting off for the rest of day, including a run to Sam’s to get our passport pictures taken.
Sunday we had a wonderful morning at church, then invited some new friends over for dinner, which was the perfect way to end the weekend.
It may almost be the end of the day, but here are this week’s favorites:
ONE // Meal planning. After several weeks of not planning meals and lack of organized grocery shopping (thanks to freezer meals), it felt good to start that back up this week.
TWO // This Espresso maker. Every since coffee has been appealing to me again (aka, after baby was born), I’ve been wanting to get some sort of coffee machine other than our regular coffeemaker to fully enjoy the flavor. I finally bit the bullet and purchased this authentic Italian device and can’t wait till it comes!
THREE // Copper Pearl swaddles. We’ve actually been using these for the past few weeks, and they are amazingly soft, stretchy, large and Emberly loves them (proof). If you have a baby, do yourself a favor and go get at least one!
FOUR // Flats. I’m in a wedding in a couple weeks and I’ve been searching for a cute pair of flats that I can also wear this fall. Target may be the winner here (with these and these), but Amazon also has some pretty great options (these and these)!
FIVE // Play time with my best gal. She’s starting to respond more to facial cues and it’s just the best.
Our first roadtrip with baby is in the books! Even though the trip to Cincinnati is just under two hours, it still counts since it was an overnight trip. 😉
We got to Loren’s parents Friday evening just in time for dinner and for Emberly to meet her great aunt, uncle and cousin.
Saturday morning, Emberly got in some snuggles with her grandma before we met up with Carrie (Loren’s sister) for a delicious breakfast at Half Day Cafe.
After breakfast we met back up with Loren’s parents and headed out to meet Emberly’s great grandmas. First up was Grandma Monnie, who loves newborns and was so delighted to meet Emberly.
Next, we stopped by to see Grandma Joan (she is 93!!), who was also very happy to meet Emberly.
Later on that evening after we all took naps, a couple other family members and close family friends came over for dinner and we had a lovely evening together.
Sunday we went to church with Loren’s parents, then headed back home after lunch.
Even though we were pretty tired by the time we got home, we had a great weekend and were glad Emberly did so well and was able to meet so many special people.
Yesterday, Loren challenged me to take 5 pictures with the “real” camera throughout the day that represented my day and to be creative with it. He has been teaching me how to adjust settings and catch the best lighting (he takes most of my blog pictures), and while I still have far to go, it was a fun challenge. So for today’s favorites, I’m going to share those 5 pictures.
ONE // Baby swing details.
TWO // Second breakfast (for me) and a napping babe on the patio while blogging.
THREE // Coffee & writing a few thank you notes.
FOUR // Rainy day baby wearing & snuggles.
FIVE // Baby down for the night (or at least a few hours).
When I packed my hospital back in preparation for Emberly’s birth, I looked around to see what other moms found important to take with them. Even after only packing the “necessities”, I still didn’t end up using most of what I brought. But here are five things in my hospital bag that I actually used.
ONE // Lip balm. I rarely go anywhere without lip balm anyway, but since hospital air is so dry, this was a life saver during labor and the rest of our hospital stay.
TWO // Comfortable outfit. For me, this included compression leggings and a soft, loose shirt. Much more comfortable than those beautiful hospital gowns and I felt a little more presentable for visitors.
THREE // Maternity/nursing tank bras. These ones offer great support and made nursing and everything involved with nursing easier and more comfortable.
FOUR // Boppy Nursing Pillow. This made nursing so much easier and my arms didn’t get tired from holding the baby.
FIVE // Snacks. While the hospital food was ok, I still got hungry between meals (especially during the night!) and it was wonderful to have a few snacks and candy around.
As all good birth stories go, this one is way too long with lots of little details. Probably too many details at some points, but I want to remember as much as I can. So enjoy the read or just scroll for the pictures. 😉
It was Friday afternoon, June 30th at my 39 (+5 days) week checkup that things started rolling. The Dr. started her regular checkup routine, noted everything looked great (80% effaced and 1cm dilated) and ready to go at any time. She then asked if I wanted her to strip my membranes to see if that would really start things going. We went ahead and scheduled an induction in case baby girl decided to not come soon, then headed home to see how things would play out. I had my last 4-6pm work shift that afternoon, and during that shift my contractions started. At first, not close together at all, but pretty regular. As the evening progressed, my contractions continued to get stronger and closer together. To distract from the pain, Loren and I took a couple of shorts walks, watched some shows, did a little nursery photoshoot and I made sure everything was ready at home.
Around 11 pm, the contractions were close enough for us to call the Dr. and see if she wanted us to come in. She gave us the green light and we checked into the hospital around 11:30 pm. After getting settled in and hooked up to monitors in triage, the nurse checked to see how dilated I was, and I was still at a 1. Since I had to be at a 3 before we could get a room, she told us to hang out for a couple hours and see if I progressed. So for the next two hours, we took several walks around the floor, tried to watch an Office episode and dozed between my contractions. The nurse came back to check again, and I was really hopeful that we had made some progress, as my contractions were getting more intense and closer together. But alas, I was still stuck at a 1 and she informed us that she was going to call the Dr. to let her know what was going on, and that we would most likely be sent home until things progressed more. However, since she was slightly concerned about sending me home considering the intensity of my contractions, she decided to get a second opinion from another nurse and they ultimately decided to let us stay in triage until I made it to a 3. I’m so thankful they decided this, because shortly thereafter I threw up. Twice. I don’t really remember much of the next hour or so, just being super tired (it was around 4am by this time), and “slow dancing” with Loren to make it through the contractions. Nothing was really comfortable, and I wasn’t a huge fan of being touched (other than the “dance”). Finally around 5 am, the nurses passed me at a 3 and we were moved to a room. For the next hour or so, I was in and out of sleep between contractions before I dilated to a 4 and was ready for my epidural. Shortly after the epidural was started, things got a little more exciting. Between the epidural being started and me dilating from 4-7 super fast, the baby’s heart rate suddenly dropped from around 130 bpm to 60 bpm. The nurses and Dr. reacted quickly and calmly, hooking me up to oxygen and turning me from side to side to get the baby’s heart rate back up. At one point, one of the nurses noticed that Loren had stepped out of the way to give them space, and she told him to come stand at my head. He came and held my hand and stroked my hair and told me that it would be all right because God was in control. Even through the haze of it all I was completely aware of what was going on and knew that God was in complete control, but I couldn’t help but let several tears slide out. After what seemed like way too long, the baby’s heart picked back up and returned to stable and the room eventually cleared. Finally in less pain (blessed epidural!!!), I was able to sleep for a couple hours in between my blood pressure being taken every 15-30 minutes. Loren was also able to squeeze in a couple hours of sleep before I sent him to go get some breakfast. I told him he could bring the food up to the room because it wouldn’t bother me and when the nurse saw him eating next to me she was like: “You’re living dangerously!” But I assured her I didn’t mind because I really wasn’t hungry at this point. 😉
Around 11:30 am (Saturday), the nurse started getting things ready for delivery and had me do a few practice pushes. The Dr. came in around 12 pm, and the pushing started for real. In between pushes, our amazing Dr. kept us preoccupied and entertained asking us about our jobs and with stories about her trip to Germany, her collection of nutcrackers and flamingo lawn ornaments. Pretty soon, the Dr. and Loren said they could see the baby’s head and she had lots of dark hair! I was so surprised since I was convinced that she would be a cute little bald baby. Then finally, after about an hour of pushing, at 12:59 pm, our little Emberly Brynn made her entrance into the world. Overwhelmed with love and joy that our little Emberly was finally here, I let the tears roll even more freely than before as she was placed on my chest. I held her for a little bit before Loren cut the cord and she was measured and weighed, then Loren finally got to hold her. I’d been waiting a long time to see him hold his daughter and it was the sweetest moment. 🙂
We are so grateful for the beautiful and healthy daughter God has bestowed on us and are cherishing every moment we have with her.