Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Two Weeks

We went to the doctor on Monday, and I found out just how little my "bitty baby" is! Here are her stats:

Height: 20 1/4 inches (50th percentile)
Weight: 6 pounds 15.2 ounces (25th percentile)
Head: 13.3 inches (5th percentile)

I am a little sad that she still isn't quite back to her birth weight yet, but I love the head size. I guess that's why I didn't need any stitches! When I look back at pictures from the hospital, I realize she is already starting to look different, and I can't believe she's growing up so quickly!
This week we noticed that Sophia is more alert and studies our faces. She is also still a very calm baby. She's a little cuddle bug and loves to be held. One of her favorite things to do for the past couple nights is to be wide awake from midnight to 2am and play with mommy and daddy! We LOVE playing with her and doing nothing but gaze at her. She still isn't a big fan of baths, but she calms right down when we are washing her hair. We've decided she secretly loves the spa treatment on her scalp. Basically, we just love our little girl!
I love her personality showing in her expressions.
On Thursday, Grandma came to visit for a few days. She cooked, cleaned, cuddled Sophia, helped me with sewing projects, ran errands with/for me to get the rest of the things we need, told me to take naps, and went with me to my classroom to officially finish all of my sub plans. Luckily, Sophia sleeps well in her car seat and is a little angel baby, so we were able to get so much accomplished. My mom brought a couple of outfits from when I was a newborn and some of my favorite books from when I was little. It's sure sweet to see little Sophia wearing clothes that were mine! Hopefully you can click on the picture below to get a sneak peek into her second week of life. :)
On Sunday night I was doing the dishes and heard Russ singing Primary songs to Sophia. It was so cute that I had to sneak in with the camera.
As for us, we are getting sleep when we can and it's an adjustment to plan out errands and have one of us stay home with Sophia instead of going places together, but we honestly couldn't be any happier. We love having our little daughter in our family.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

One Week

It is extremely hard to believe that our little girl is already a week old. I didn't think I would post so often, but I did want to post about how the first week has been - especially all of the adjustments. Sorry it turned out so long.

  • For the first couple of days, nursing was really hard. Part of this was because we'd try to keep her to our schedule instead of the other way around, especially when we were in the hospital and had lots of visitors. Once we got home and I put myself on her schedule, things have gone much more smoothly. Plus, now I think we've got this eating figured out.
  • I took her to the pediatrician on Friday. First of all, that was a scary drive. I felt like every car on the road was a major threat who could hit us and hurt my baby. haha But going to the pediatrician 2 days after being home was sort of an "okay. I've been on my own for a couple days, NOW I have questions I didn't have in the hospital, and AM I DOING OKAY?" Our pediatrician is excellent. He rested all of my fears, answered all my questions, and Sophia is doing great!
  • This may be the fluke of her being so little still, but this girl is already sleeping for 2-3 hours at a time during the day and 3-4 hours at a time at night. The first couple nights home, we were up every hour, but now it's me who wakes up to make sure she's still breathing because she's been sleeping so long! So besides being confined to the house, I've been able to get a lot done (and get some naps in too). 
  • She hated her first bath. Screamed the whole time. Last night she seemed better about it. She is so sweet after her bath because she's wide awake but super calm. We just snuggle, and that is one of my FAVORITE times with her.
  • Babies are learning just like us, and they are very forgiving. Three times now, mommy did not put her diaper on tight enough and she ended up wiggling around to where her diaper was half way down and she'd pee/poop all over. Poor girl. I must admit the first time this happened, I laughed hysterically at her cute little plumber's crack while Russ cleaned poo off of her, her clothes, her blanket, her bed, and her BACK.
  • So far, she doesn't fuss much at all and she doesn't really spit up at all. Maybe those things will come later though, but for now, she's spoiling us just as much AFTER birth as she did during pregnancy and labor! We sure love our little angel girl.
  • Physically, I feel good. I am tired, but not needing stitches has made recovery fine. I do periodically get backaches, feel swollen, and sometimes my stomach hurts (or is it my stomach? Where is my stomach anyway? Has it already gone back to it's previous location or is it still shoved up wherever it was?). I feel less than my best, but you feel that way when you're pregnant too, so I'm used to it.
  • To be honest, maybe it's because Sophia's arrival was unexpected and happened so fast, but sometimes I miss feeling her move around inside me. I'll feel a little pop or something and automatically think it was her, but she's not in there anymore! I didn't expect that feeling. I guess being pregnant had just become my "normal".
  • I am terrible about sleeping when she sleeps. I have no idea how being in my apartment 24/7 can keep me so busy.
  •  Nursing is probably the strangest thing my body has ever experienced. I had no idea it would be such a high learning curve or be so wet. It's really cute, though. Sometimes while I'm burping her, she'll fall asleep and then I'll just fall asleep too. I call it our special mommy and Sophia nap and make sure we have it at least once a day.
  • Perhaps this is because the sleep deprivation hasn't kicked in yet, but I was telling Russ that being woken up in the middle of the night really doesn't bother me at all because there's nothing else I'd rather be doing than helping my baby feel better.
  • The biggest adjustment for Russ and I is not being able to go places together. We don't want to take Sophia out while she is so little, but we have tons of shopping to do still since we were SO unprepared for her to come 3 weeks early. It's hard to coordinate that.
Now for some pictures! (Disclaimer: after I uploaded these, I realized just how many pictures we take of her either in her bed or sitting in her boppy, but always swaddled. I guess it's a good representation because she hasn't really been anywhere else the whole time we've been home!)
Yawn! Look at that cute button nose.
During bath
After bath
Watching the BYU game with quarantined daddy
At least when she escapes from her blankets she is usually useful with her hands :)
The club-like toe we laugh at, but still think is SO CUTE
My attempt at posing her
We love it when she's awake!
hahahha. Maybe it's still a little too big, or maybe I didn't put it on correctly.
Uncle Tyler decided to turn her into a unicorn. He took advantage of her while she was sleeping!
We hold hands a lot :)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sophia's Birth Story

This is the looong version of what is probably the most important day of our lives so far. The beginning is pretty detailed and the end is pretty mushy, so if you would like the cliff notes version, scroll down to the end.  :D

At about 12:30am, Russ and I were saying prayers and getting ready for bed. He hit me lightly with a pillow and said, "Pillow fight with Sophia!" to which I replied that that was unfair because she couldn't fight back! He challenged her to come out and fight him. Literally a minute later we heard a POP. An actual pop.

Russ: ....What was that?
Adri: I think it was just a really big gas the middle of my stomach? (I jump out of bed) Russ! I'm leaking! (Now this was not like in the movies. I didn't pee my pants or anything, it was just a little. In fact, my first thought was back to CJ Carter's post about her last baby being born, how she kept getting up in the middle of the night because she thought she was peeing, but really her water broke)

I jumped up and went to the bathroom and Russ (after calling his sister-in-law to confirm what we thought happened really just happened) frantically began packing. We weren't even packed!!! Russ got out my packing list (at least I had made that or we would have been too frazzled to do anything) and I sat in the bathroom, shaking and thinking that I wasn't ready yet and that my long-term sub plans didn't cover October! Good thing we had her going home outfit hanging by the door! About 30 crazy minutes later, we were on our way to the hospital. Russ kept saying "10-10-11" (her birthday) and smiling as we packed. He also tried to really rush us out the door, but I was still a little in denial and assured him we had plenty of time. By this time I had started having contractions, but I almost wouldn't have even noticed them because they just felt like cramps.

At 1:25am I had walked myself into Labor and Delivery, we had checked in, and I was in my hospital gown. The nurse checked me and said, "Wow. You're already a 5. You are definitely having a baby tonight!" WHAT!? Half way there and I still didn't really have any pain? This was not what I had expected at all. She hooked everything up so we could hear our little girl's heartbeat and watch my contractions. That was kind of fun. At first I told her to hold off on the epidural because I wasn't really hurting. That lasted about 30 or 45 minutes before I decided I really did want it now. It's funny because I kept trying to tell myself that some people have really bad cramps EVERY month, so I could deal with this for now, but as they increased to every 2 minutes very quickly, that logic made less and less sense. 

At 2:45am I got my epidural. Right before he put it in, I had the worst contraction yet. It was ridiculous! Russ was so hyper. Pure adrenaline. He was crackin' jokes and taking pictures and during that contraction I said, "Russ. I need you to stop talking to me and just hold my hand. Thank you, honey." That was as dramatic as I got, and he was great. He just held my hand and told me to breathe. Okay, I think I may have been heard to also mutter a couple of, "This sucks. This sucks. This sucks." too, but that's all! The epidural worked like magic. We'd watch my contractions on the monitor and while I could feel something, it was not pain. 

At 3:10am the nurse checked me again and I was completely effaced and almost a 10. It was going by so fast! At 3:50 I started pushing. Pushing wasn't so bad either. It was hard at first because I didn't know how to push, especially when I was so numb. But it was also a lot more calm than in the movies, just holding your breath and pushing harder than you ever have in your life and hope it's enough. By 4:10 the nurse said she was seeing dark brown hair. I don't remember much of what Russ said to me, but I do remember him telling me that she had straight dark brown hair, just like me. The nurse told us it was about an inch long. YES! Hair! Although I swore during prenatal class that no one should ever have to see a birth, they kept getting excited about seeing hair and I wanted to see too! So they got a mirror for a couple minutes, and that helped me push in addition to seeing her cute hair. TMI? Okay. Moving on. 

At 4:25 our awesome nurse told me I was doing too good of a job and needed to stop pushing until the doctor got there. He arrived at 4:30 and Sophia arrived at 4:41! Right before he pulled her out, he was sucking out her mouth and nose and she made a little squeak. Russ and I just gasped and looked at each other. Our little girl was here! Russ looked so excited, but all I could see were little fingers. She was very purple and had the cord wrapped tightly around her neck, and they called the respiratory therapist to make sure her transition to breathing air was good since she was early, but Sophia was perfect!

I was completely surprised at how quickly and easily everything went. Don't worry. I know it's not normal. The nurses told me I was probably in the top 5% for dream births. I also didn't need any stitches! It was all so surreal. I watched them cleaning her off and it didn't quite hit me that she was OUR baby. 

They brought her over and had her lay on my chest, and that was so incredible. A tiny little baby looking around. She had a perfect little Lee family nose, tiny little fingers and toes, and when she gets mad she turns into a bright red cherry tomato from head to toe. To be honest, the next bit is all a bit of a blur, but I remember having them wrap her back up after a few minutes so that Russ could hold her for the first time. I had been trying to call my parents ALL NIGHT long and they finally answered, so I was talking to my mom and my sister on the phone and Russ was taking lots of pictures. She quickly settled down and fell right to sleep. Russ said while she was in the nursery getting her shots and bath, she'd wake up to cry for a minute but mostly slept through that too. Being born was lots of work!

The days spent in the hospital went by much too quickly. I hardly slept at all, partly because of the adrenaline, and partly because I was trying to call the school to arrange a sub. I really hope I'm not working when I have our next baby because being so preoccupied and worried about work was not fun at all. Yesterday when we got home from the hospital, I went to the Bean Museum literally 30 minutes later where my class was on a field trip so I could meet my sub and give her my plan book. I think I left my class in very capable hands, but I still feel bad she hadn't been able to come in and observe or ask any questions beforehand. Anyway, back to my baby!

Labor and delivery seems like the easy part. Nursing has been hard and emotional because I feel directly responsible and it's a learning process for me and for her. The night before we went home was especially rough and in the morning the nurse said she was so jittery from low blood sugar that if she didn't eat well, she wouldn't be able to go home! Sophia must have heard her because she ate like a champ and together we're getting better at it each time. 

We just hold her and stare at her all the time. Every time she's fussy, daddy holds her and she'll immediately calm down. With me, she's a sucker for laying on my chest or in my arms and taking a nap with me. I love that snuggle time! While I've been writing this, I go back into my room every couple minutes to check on her and look at her. She is, in every sense of the word, perfect. There are no words to describe how much we love her. I miss her even when I'm just putting her in her bassinet so I can eat. Sometimes when she's really upset, I can talk to her and she'll calm right down and pop one eye open to look at me. 

My own recovery has been as easy as the birth itself. I feel quite good, all things considered, and the doctor told me that I would be okay to resume exercise and activity by next week. Now I've just got to learn to sleep when she sleeps. Russ has a cold that's gotten consistently worse since the day Sophia was born, so he sleeps lots and can't help much with Sophia. Please pray for him to get better so that he can hold his baby again and I don't have to do it all by myself.

I never thought I could love her so much. I thought I loved her when I was pregnant, but it's so different. It's like everyone says, it's like a new part of your heart opens up and everything else in the world is less important. About once a day I go into a cry fest just looking at her and telling her how much I love her and how I want to protect her and make sure no one ever makes her sad. One of the best moments in my life was when our whole little family was on the hospital bed together, just cuddling and knowing we'll be together forever.

37 weeks
Before epidural
After epidural
She's here!
Totally captured her first "smile"
Yawns and sneezes are our favorite!
This is one of my favorites

She makes the cutest faces. We call this one the cccuurrraaaaazy eye!
Our first family picture. Unfortunately, this was before my shower and after Russ's.
Daddy daughter bonding without spreading germs. It's like visiting animals at the zoo!
I'm in love!
In her "Daddy Loves Me" outfit. It was so big. I think it was 2x her size.
Heading home!
Cliff Notes:
12:30am on Monday, October 10 Russ challenges Sophia to a pillow fight and she responds. Water breaks. I was 37 weeks and 1 day - thank goodness she waited long enough to be full term!
1:25am at the hospital, just very small contractions, already dilated to a 5.
2:45 epidural (the contractions had really picked up, so I was grateful!)
3:10 fully effaced and almost dilated to a 10
3:50 begin pushing
4:30 doctor arrives
4:41 Sophia born!
- She has lots of dark brown hair, everyone says she looks like her daddy, she turns bright red when she's mad, she's soo soft and adorable, she has a GIANT big toe that we laugh at every time we see it (unfortunately, we decided it's my hopefully she'll grow into that big toe).
- I am recovering really well. I didn't need any stitches and I was able to get up and walk around our room later that day. The nurses said I must have a high pain tolerance because I didn't always take my pain medicine, but really I just don't have much pain!
- Russ was a great help at the hospital and as far as I can tell, he got lots of sleep there! He has a cold that has been getting worse and worse so since we got home he hasn't been able to hold our girl much. :( Sometimes we just put her on a pillow so they can look at each other from afar. ;)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Welcome, Little One!

 Sophia Anne Lee

October 10, 2011
7 lbs 0 oz
19 inches

Your mommy and daddy already can't (and don't want to) imagine life without you, sweet baby!

Our little girl responded to a challenge from her daddy to come out and have a pillow fight with him and was born 3 weeks early! The whole birth story will be coming very soon...

Friday, October 7, 2011

General Conference and Projects

We had a busy and exciting General Conference weekend. One of Russ's brothers and his wife (Ben and Vicki) came to visit and were our first house guests! My brother and his wife and baby (Garrett, Krystal, and Daniel) also came into town. It was great to see everyone, and we got lots of baby projects done! These pictures are mostly for the members of our family who weren't here - especially the ones who missed out on seeing Daniel!
Lees and Carsons before the men went to Priesthood Session
(Mom, this picture is mostly for you)
Russ working on the baby dresser/changing table
Daniel helpin' out with his very own hammer!
Daniel and mommy read books.
He's so good at turning the pages!
Daniel posing for the camera
I made pillows for our new couch
Russ and Ben also assembled the crib, now I need to girl-ify it
I made a cover for the boppy pillow.
Here's a close-up of the fabric. Over the past few months, I've been looking for an excuse to buy it because it's so cute!
Finished! Russ did such a great job assembling it! (It's just missing the changing pad)
My mom helped me sew this car seat cover a couple months ago. Russ and I finally bought a car seat to put it on!
Inside of the car seat cover and showing off the car seat pattern.
This is baby's outfit to wear home from the hospital. Russ really did hang it up right by the door because he wanted to see it every day and so we could grab it on our way out the door to the hospital.
I think I know why he likes the outfit so much. :)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

I Know We Shouldn't Compare Ourselves to Others.....

...BUT I CAN'T HELP IT! (and I got permission)

My sister, Lissa, 36 weeks pregnant with her first:

Me at 36 weeks:

The pictures aren't complete copies, but it is the same shirt. What can I say? I was blessed with the long torso in the family. :) (It also looks like my arm is twice as long...weird. Maybe it's the angle?)