Wednesday, July 28, 2010

One Month

Can you believe that Katie is one month old today?! I seriously don't know where time is going. She is getting so big so fast and is already up to 11 lbs. Here she is with her bear (thanks for the idea, Janica) so you can see how much she has grown.
Jeremy had to work late tonight and then go home teaching. Patty was wonderful enough to come over after work and spend some time with us so I did not go completely insane. I did however have to tackle bedtime by myself. This is how we read our bedtime story. Kirsten enjoyed it a little more than Katie.
The past month has seriously been a rollercoaster. We have had to deal with my surgery and recovery, jaundice, thrush and now colic. Not to mention sibling rivalry and jealousy. Add on top of that post-partum depression, and I am a mess. Thank goodness I have a great doctor and an amazing support system. I am so grateful for the love that I feel surrounding me right now from my friends and family. I am learning to ask for help, and to step back a bit and realize that not everything has to be done right now. It has been tough, especially since after such a difficult pregnancy, I was really looking forward to getting back to normal. There is no semblance of normal around here right now.

I am really happy though, despite everything going on. I love both of my girls and cherish the few quiet, precious moments that we share. Kirsten is doing better everyday with adjusting, and I don't think that another little sister has ever been loved on so much.

We were able to all get dressed and a picture taken before church this past Sunday. Jeremy insists he loves having 3 girls in the house!
Kirsten slept in sponge rollers and wanted us to curl Katie's hair too. Unfortunately, that will have to wait until it gets a little bit longer.

My two beautiful girls.
Kirsten started dance last month at a new dance studio. We have been really happy with them and she loves her new teacher. It has been great to give her something of her own to look forward too every week.
Last Saturday, our stake had a Pioneer Day celebration. Katie and I did not make it, but Jeremy was sure to get a ton of pictures. Here is Kirsten with Grandma and Grandpa sporting her bonnet from Nauvoo.
I try to count my blessings everyday and remember that this time will pass and things will change and get better. I am getting more accustomed to Katie as the weeks go on, and am even getting to where I can set her down and let her cry when I need to. I am eternally grateful for Jeremy. He is infinitely patient and loving, and the most amazing man I have ever known. He is my rock and I could never do this without him. I thank Heavenly Father everyday for bringing him into my life. I love you, Jeremy.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Two Weeks Old

The past two weeks have been super busy around here, but wonderful as well. Katie turned two weeks old yesterday. I cannot believe how she is growing. She outgrew her newborn diapers last week, and most of her newborn clothes. At her check up last Friday she was already up to 9 lbs. So here is a run down over what we have been doing.

Our hospital stay was wonderful. Everyone at Centennial was amazing and made recovering from surgery an enjoyable experience. Overall, my recovery from this C-Section was exponentially easier than my recovery from having Kirsten naturally. The most amazing part, was when I got out of bed for the first time, only 18 hours after surgery, and I could walk without a walker and with NO PAIN. After 5 months of the most horrific pain you could imagine, it just went away. Unbelievable! On Wednesday before we came home, we had a Celebration Lunch brought in for Jeremy and me. He had lobster and Filet minon, and I have Chicken Pasta Primavera, Carmel Cheesecake, complete with roses. It was so nice to enjoy that special time with my wonderful husband. Of course, I don't think that I have ever eaten such a nice dinner in my pajamas, and hope to never again, but it was still wonderful.
My friend Colleen that lives down the street from me had her baby the night before I had Katie and we were just two doors down from each other all week. Her son Jack and Kirsten are good friends and had fun playing together in the hospital.
Of course, we got Katie and Kiptin together for their first playdate at just 1 day old. Do you think they are having fun?
Wednesday night, some mutual friends came up to the hospital and we had a party in Colleen's room. The nurses thought we were crazy, but it sure made our hospital stay more enjoyable.

We came home on Thursday. I could have stayed until Friday, but I was feeling really good and was healing well, so my doctor let me go. In retrospect, I was actually just on really good drugs and probably should have stayed in the hospital the extra day. We survived though and it was really great to finally be home.

Here is Katie in her carseat, all dolled up and ready to go home.
My mom came to stay with us for the first few days we were home. On Saturday we went back to the hospital for a follow up appointment with the lactation specialist. While we were gone, my mom and Clinton took Kirsten to Home Depot where she made a periscope. She had a blast with grandma and grandpa and cannot wait to go back next month.
Here is Katie's first bath - at home - because I guess she had about 5 of them at the hospital.
We have had a ton of help from family and friends over the past two weeks as well. My sister, Anne, came and spent a week with us, and Jeremy's mom came and stayed with me on Sunday while Jeremy and Kirsten went to church and then made us dinner. I have also had some wonderful friends come and pick up Kirsten for playdates. It has been hard not being able to drive anywhere, and you were a huge help.

Play time
My Aunt Verlanne sent a package for each of the girls of totally adorable clothes. Here is Kirsten showing off her new look.
I started pumping yesterday so we could give Katie one bottle a day. Thank goodness she seems to have had no trouble at all going between the bottle and nursing. To say that Kirsten loved feeding her sister would be an understatement. This is the moment she has been waiting for!
We also started using cloth diapers because her umbilical cord finally came off on Sunday. I was told that I would not want to cover them up with clothes because they are so cute, and everyone was right! I love seeing her in just her cute diaper and a shirt. Here she is in her first one ever, a Bum Genius all in one fitted diaper. I am having fun experimenting with all the different types we bought. So far, this is my favorite.
We have a tradition in our family of "papa bears". My Grandpa Lowe gave each of us a Teddy Bear when we were born. It is the only stuffed animal from my childhood that I still have, and I actually slept with it every night until I got married - including college and my mission. Now my dad has carried on the tradition and given all five of his grand daughters a bear when they were born. So here is Katie with her very own "Papa Bear". Thanks dad.
I went to my two week appointment yesterday and realized that we never got a picture in the hospital of Katie with my doctor, so we took one yesterday. Here is Katie with Dr. McIntire (the single most amazing doctor in the entire world, by the way.)
I was given the okay to drive yesterday and have been taking full advantage. Jeremy is home from work all of this week and has been amazing. We took Kirsten school supply shopping today for Kindergarten. It was our first school supply trip, and we realized we will now be doing it every year for at least the next 18 years! Crazy. She was so excited to get ready for Kindergarten and pick out her Tinkerbell backpack and a monkey lunch box. Now we just have to keep her out of everything until school starts.

Jeremy watched Katie today while Kirsten and I went to get Pedicures and Ice Cream. We were way over due for some one on one time. She has had a tough time adjusting, harder than I imagined it would be. She is doing better everyday and having daddy here this week is helping a ton.

I sure love both of my girls and feel so blessed. I am still in pain from my incision, but I am no longer living on pain meds, so I guess I am making progress. I am looking forward to slowly re-joining the land of the living.