EAT Emberly still nurses every 2 – 2.5 hours during the day for about 10 minutes and drinks 2-3 ounces when given a bottle. My favorite time to nurse her is in the mornings when she likes to take little breaks to smile at me. At the beginning of the month, she was still waking up twice a night to nurse, but we’ve got that down to one!
SLEEP Emberly is back in her own room in the crib, and while that first week back in her room was pretty rough, we started intentional sleep training around week 10, and now she only wakes up once in the early morning to eat. She always manages to at least get one hand out of her swaddle and likes to suck her fingers (yay for self-soothing!).
PLAY Tummy time is still not her favorite, but we’re working on it. She kicks her legs and waves her arms excitedly when we put her down to play with her play gym and tries to reach the toys. She has discovered her hands and liked to try and stuff both of them in her mouth at the same time.
You LOVE to stretch and it cracks your dad and me up every single time. You like to chat, especially in the mornings and after eating. Your little personality is starting to show, and we can’t wait to continue to see it develop. You’re a relatively easy-going baby and are so much fun.
You took your first long roadtrip across several state lines down to South Caroline and met so many new relatives! You fussed a little on the way down, but were a rockstar all the way back home.
You went on your first hike and slept the whole time.
You went to Hobby Lobby for the first time and loved it. Aka slept the whole time.
You had your first playdate when some friends came over for a morning.
You went on your first 5K and naturally slept the entire time.
You spent your first Sunday morning in the nursery and were amazing.
EAT Emberly still eats about every 2 hours, and still likes to keep it pretty quick. She still takes a bottle pretty well and did fantastically when her aunt babysat her for a day.
Around week 7, we decided to move Emberly from our room to her own room. She sleeps pretty well in there, but we’re working on fewer nighttime awakenings. 😉 BUT at the beginning of week 8, she caught a cold so we put her back in our room for a few nights until she got over it. The sweetest moment of the day is when I go to get her in the mornings – she is usually wide awake and quietly just looking around in the dark, but when I open the curtains and and tell her “good morning”, she gets the biggest, sweetest smile on her face and starts trying to wriggle out of her swaddle. During the day she takes 1-3 hour naps in her swing or rock’n play.
Emberly isn’t a huge fan of tummy time, so I tend to put it off, but we’re working on doing it more often. She loves to “talk” back to us with the most adorable coos and has started responsively smiling.
You had a little bit of a crazy week 6 when you decided to randomly cry for no reason. We were usually able to calm you down after a while, but thankfully you have outgrown this now. You have started smiling at us, and it’s seriously the best thing. You love bathtime with daddy and taking walks with mommy.
You had your first passport picture taken and your hair looks hilarious. Thankfully, it doesn’t completely look like that in real life.
You went on your first (and second) photoshoot with mommy & daddy and were a trooper.
You had your first major blowout all over dad and were quite pleased with yourself afterwards.
You had an (almost) full day away from mom while she was in a wedding. Aunt Carrie watched you and you both had the best time (except during tummy time).
You suffered through you first cold like a champ and were still mostly a happy baby.
You went on your first coffee date with mommy & daddy.
I totally failed in posting anything last week, so let’s catch up a little. We spent most of last weekend celebrating Vashti and Andrew. We had the rehearsal & dinner on Friday night, then the wedding on Saturday. I was a bridesmaid and Loren was the photographer, so Emberly got to spend the day with her Aunt Carrie and had the best time. This wedding was seriously one of the sweetest I’ve been to/in. Many happy tears were shed and we are SO happy for Vashti & Andrew!! I didn’t take any pics that day (left that to Loren 😉 ), so I just stole a couple of his.
Last Monday we celebrated 5 years of dating. I can’t believe it’s been that long! We had dinner at Cheddar’s to celebrate, since that’s where it all became official. And this time around, we didn’t mind our little third-wheeler one bit. 😉
This past weekend, we got out for a little evening walk at a nearby park on Friday. It’s been cooler in the mornings and evenings, but Miss E was quite content in her little cocoon.
Saturday, Loren headed out early for Dayton to shoot another wedding, and Emberly and I had a girls’ day. She had gotten a cold a couple days earlier, but was still her usual happy self. 🙂 We did a little consignment shopping (yay for Once Upon a Child!) and had story and nap time on the patio.
Sunday afternoon, we hit up a downtown coffee shop to get some work done.
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 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.
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.
Baby movement: She’s running out of room and her movements are less jabs and kicks and more of shifting and rippling.
Gender: Little Lady
Challenges this week: I feel like my bump is stretched to the max and I’m ready to pop. But other than that and struggling off the couch and Braxton-Hicks contractions every once in a while, I’ve felt pretty good.
Best moment this week:Meeting my little niece Pepper! And seeing my sister for a little bit.
Size of baby: Spaghetti squash, winter melon, ukulele or Pomeranian. 19-20 inches long (head to toe) and 6-7 lbs.
Wearing/Maternity Clothes: Still all the comfortable things like summer dresses and stretchy waistband shorts!
Sleep: I’ve been waking up a few more times during the night than in the past, but can fall back asleep pretty quickly.
Dream of the week: I was going to a Pure Barre class with Loren who had gone for the first time the previous week. We got to the class location, which was in a nice cabin in the woods. Since you wear sticky socks and no shoes for pure barre, we made sure to take off our shoes and then went inside. It was my first time so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I did know that you had to wear leggings or capris to keep your muscles warm and therefore couldn’t wear shorts, but I was wearing long cargo shorts (yes, with all the pockets!). Loren, who also knew what the appropriate attire was, led me past several bedrooms to the well-stocked “workout clothing room” where he proceeded to select a workout bra and workout tank to wear to class because THAT’S WHAT YOU WEAR TO PURE BARRE. We then picked up the rest of our needed equipment (a ball and some weights) and headed to the actual classroom. And then I woke up. Loren would like me to add a disclaimer here that this was all a dream, and he would definitely never wear this outfit in real life.
Cravings: Again, not really anything, but I’m always a sucker for anything sweet. And cold.
Baby movement: She’s settled down, but every once in a while makes sure I know she’s there!
Gender: Little Lady
Challenges this week: I’ve had a few contractions, but none have been too painful or regular.