Sunday, December 27, 2009

Cheyenne's First Christmas

Well, this has been a very busy month for us. Cheyenne had her six month birthday, her 6 month check up, started baby food and finally had her first Christmas. And what else could make it a better Christmas for me than to have both my kids with me and enjoy spending time with them.



Cheyenne had a great 1st Christmas and believe it or not, it was a white Christmas...yes, a white Christmas here in Texas!! It snowed on Christmas Eve pretty much all day long and everything was covered in about 3 inches of snow..it was beautiful, and it was still there the next morning when we got up on Christmas morning!!!








Cheyenne was so cute even though she had no idea what was going on and was probably a little bit overwhelmed. She was so good and well behaved, despite the extremely short naps and so much going on. I think she enjoyed herself.






Cheyenne got a ton of new stuff and I have no idea where I'm going to put it all!! I definitely needing to do some organizing and rearranging!! But she loves all of her new toys and has such fun sitting and playing with them with Mommy!! She loves all the colors, lights, and sounds that her new toys make and she is already learning how to make all of those happen and she is doing some of them herself.






Devon had a great Christmas as well, and he got a lot of new stuff too and need to do some rearranging and organizing in order to get his stuff in his room too!!







Oh yeah, don't forget...Cheyenne's tooth finally broke through!! It either broke through Christmas night or early the day after. I have been waiting for this for 3 1/2 months!! What a great Christmas present for Mommy!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Cheyenne's 6 month "birthday"

Well, my sweet baby girl is 6 months old today!! I can't believe it has already been 6 months!! Half of a year! Her first birthday will be here before I know it. She has come so far in just a short 6 months.


Cheyenne got a high chair a few weeks ago and she just loves it!!




She is eating her cereal, oatmeal, mixed cereal and organic oatmeal extremely well. She even tries to grab my hand and push the spoon in her mouth occasionally. She gets so excited when she sees her cereal bowl and sees me get the high chair and ask her if she wants to eat. She grins really big and starts bouncing around. Sometimes, if she's in Grandpa's lap, she just about leaps out of his arms and lap.


She is starting to reach out now. Sometimes when I go to get her out of her crib, or her walker or from Grandpa, when I clap my hands, she will reach out to me. She is so sweet when she reaches out and grins at me.


She is finally rolling from her tummy to her back. She rolled from back to tummy first, which is usually learned after tummy to back, but Cheyenne did it backwards. So now she rolls all over the floor. She goes back and forth from back to tummy then tummy to back over and over again. We have had to graduate from just the play gym to keeping a palette (old comforter doubled up) on the living room floor so she can move around. She is not crawling yet, but she is definitely on the move. She will roll over and rotate herself around and scoot herself and before you know it, she is across the room!! It's so cute!!


She is also sitting up really well in her Boppy. She isn't quite sitting up by herself, but we are working on it and when she is in her Boppy, she can sit in that by herself. If she leans forward to get a toy or something, she can sit herself back up on her own. Her back muscles are so strong. If she leans to the side, she's starting to be able to sit herself back up, but sometimes she still needs help getting upright. Her side muscles aren't as strong as her back yet.



She also loves her Bubba (Devon) so much!! There are times that Devon can make her laugh or cheer her up when no one else can. And of course, Devon is crazy about her too!!

She is making such a wide variety of sound and movements now. She has come such a long way in her short 6 months and I couldn't be more happy. I wish I could pause time or at least slow it down, but I can't ...so I can't wait to see what she learns and how far she goes in her next 6 months!!


She has her 6 month checkup next week with her pediatrician and she will be getting shots. I hope she has an easier time than she did at 4 months. We will also be starting baby foods after her checkup. I am so excited about that. I know I will eat my words the first time she spits something back at me or knocks the spoon out of my hand and green beans end up all over the floor!! But it's all worth it to see her grow up into the wonderful woman she will be.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Cheyenne's 5 month "birthday"

Today was Cheyenne's 5 month "birthday"!! I can't believe it has been 5 months since my little angel was born. 5 months ago right now (11:30 pm) I was pushing with all of my might so I could see my little girl. I had been in labor all day and was ready to finally see the little miracle that had been growing inside of me for 9 months. I was told when I found out I was pregnant (at 12 weeks along) that it was a miracle that she was still alive. Not knowing I was pregnant, I had continued using my birth control, been going out drinking occasionally, and had a kidney stone and been on pain killers, antibiotics and had a CT scan done. So the doctor told me that if anything was going to happen, I would have already lost her, so the fact that she was still there meant she is a fighter. So she is my little miracle baby...

I also had a test done that indicated a possibility of Down's Syndrome so I worried about that through the duration of my pregnancy. Then with everything that happened in my personal life, with Troy leaving at 5 1/2 months along, and all the emotions that went along with that, there was a lot of stress during this pregnancy and I frankly was ready for my little girl to make her appearance.

She finally got here and she was the most beautiful baby girl I have ever seen. I have enjoyed her every day and loved watching her grow and learn.

She is now eating her cereal like a big girl...she opens her mouth and takes her bites like a champ!! She has started on oatmeal cereal in the last few days and she loves it. It seems like she has started eating better since I started feeding her the oatmeal and I don't know if it is the oatmeal, or just the fact that she has been eating for a while now.

I just realized today that she doesn't make her "mad face" anymore. She used to get this little frown on her face just before she would start crying or fussing. It was one of the most precious things I've ever seen.

But she is growing in so many other ways. She's rolling over from back to tummy, eating cereal and oatmeal, making all kinds of sounds including squealing, growling and spitting...she has developed an interest in the dogs and anytime there is a dog around, she loves to reach out and "pet" it. Her idea of petting is to grab and pull. But it is so sweet and luckily Buffy doesn't care too much. She just lays there and takes it....

I will never get back the last 5 months and I will never have them again, but I have many many more precious months and years ahead and I look forward to every second of them all!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Cheyenne's 1st Halloween

Cheyenne had her first Halloween this year and she was absolutely adorable!!




She started her day out by playing with her pumpkin (which is almost as big as she is!!). She just kind of looked at it at first, but then she liked it and started touching it and laughing. She thought it was neat!!






Then after dinner, Cheyenne got her costume on and we had picture time!! I was trying to stand her up in the chair to take a full picture of her costume, and she fell over and landed just like this and didn't move. She wasn't quite sure what to do with this costume...






We did finally get a good picture of her standing up in the chair...her little legs are so strong and she loves to stand....








Then she fell down again, but she managed to give me a big smile!! She was getting a little more comfortable in the costume.









Then we went out on the porch and Cheyenne sat with her pumpkin.








We didn't go trick or treating, but she dressed up and we passed out candy to the trick or treaters that came to the house.
Then we went to Mimi & Pop's to "trick or treat" and visit for a while!! It was a great night and she was the cutest little cheetah in town!!

















Sunday, October 25, 2009

Mess Time!!

Well, Cheyenne has entered a new phase of infancy. Now that she is 4 months old, her doctor told me I could start feeding her cereal mixed with formula twice a day.


As expected, the first time didn't go well and was dubbed unsucessful....even though she was showing all of the signs on the readiness checklist...



So I waited a few days and tried again. It went much better. She is wanting to suck the cereal off the spoon rather than really opening her mouth and taking a bite. Every once in a while she will open her mouth and actually take a bite, so she is getting better and improves every day.




She really seems to like her cereal. Even though she isn't eating it quite the right way yet, when she does take a bite or sucks it off the spoon, she will swallow it and smack her lips or suck her lips to get the rest of it off. For now I am just giving her cereal twice a day followed by a bottle and then her regular bottles throughout the day. I am getting ready to start giving her 5 oz. bottles instead of 4 oz. When she finishes the 4 oz. bottles, she cries because it is gone. I think she needs just a little bit more. She has been eating the same amount for 2 months now. Dr. Raj said to wait until about 6 months before giving her the fruits and vegetables and starting baby food. That will be here before I know it...

She is getting so big so fast and is constantly changing and growing. She is constantly smiling and laughing and is just such a happy baby!!



Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Cheyenne's 4 month checkup

Well, today was a bittersweet day. Cheyenne had her 4 month checkup today and we were able to go back to Dr. Raj, who is the doctor that Cheyenne saw up until she was 2 months old. I absolutely love her!! She is so sweet and wonderful with Cheyenne and she is the kind of doctor that makes you feel like your child is her favorite or only patient. That's the kind of doctor everyone should have.

When she came in the room, she said "Cheyenne!! I am so glad you are back!! I have missed you so much!!" She said how precious and beautiful she was and before we left she was loving on Cheyenne and she said "I love you baby girl" She always holds and loves on her when we go in for a visit and I just love that!!

Anyway, on to the visit...

Cheyenne is absolutely perfect!! Dr. Raj said she looks great and is right in line with everything for her age. She weighs 15 lb. 3.4 oz. which is in about the 80th percentile. Her length is 1' 11.43" which is in about the 15 to 20th percentile. And her head circumference is 16.54" which is in about the 75th percentile. So she is exactly where she should be!! Dr. Raj was very pleased with her size and her development. She was actually surprised that Cheyenne skipped turning from tummy to back and started with back to tummy.

She said to start giving rice cereal twice a day and to hold off on pureed vegetables and fruits until about 6 months.

She did get 4 vaccinations today. She got 3 shots and 1 oral vaccine. She cried when she got the shots, but as soon as it was over, she stopped crying. She was such a good girl.

So we go back in 2 months for her 6 month visit. She will get more vaccinations and be able to start baby food other than cereal. We'll see how she changes between now and then.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Cheyenne's New Bed

Cheyenne finally has a big girl bed!! We got her a crib last weekend and then got all the bedding for it!! It is so cute!

















She had been sleeping in the bassinet on the pack and play since she was born, but she recently hit 15 lbs so she had to come out of the bassinet. She was sleeping in the bottom of the pack and play for a few days but wasn't sleeping as well. We finally got her crib and she sleeps so much better. As a matter of fact, last night she slept 8 1/2 hours last night!! It was wonderful!! That means Mommy got some decent sleep too!!

She is so cute in her new bed and she loves it!!
















She is getting so big so fast!! She loves the crib mirror I got her. She lays there and looks at herself and talks to herself and it is so cute!!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Cheyenne's 4 month "birthday"

Well, Cheyenne is 4 months old today!! I can't believe it...Monday will be 18 weeks...sometimes it seems like no time at all and other times it seems like it has been longer than 18 weeks.

She is getting so big and growing and learning every day. She is playing with her feet all the time and loves to laugh!! She is such a happy baby!!

She is really studying things now...she will lay there or sit there and really study her hands and fingers and watch them move. She is reaching out to my face and feeling my face and playing with my mouth. She loves to look at her toys and study them. She is reaching out for toys or anything nearby and picking them up. She is starting to smile and react when she hears certain words or names.

There is some really big news to report this month...Cheyenne is teething!! She has been for about 2 weeks or so...she has been fussy and running just a bare elevated temperature of about 99 degrees off and on. She is drooling a lot more than she has been. Remember she has produced a lot of saliva and drooled since she was born. But now she is really drooling sucking and chewing on things, and her gums are a little swollen and I can see two little nuggets on the bottom where her two bottom teeth will be. She has been like this for about 2 weeks and today I looked and saw just under the skin, the white of two little teeth getting ready to poke through her gums. It is so cute and I hate that she is going through so much trouble. Luckily she is not having an diarrhea..at least not yet...But she also had reddened cheeks which I read is also a sign of teething. This teething is all new to me...Devon had no problems at all when he was teething. He wasn't fussy, didn't have fever, diarrhea or anything...I just started seeing teeth coming through. He was a breeze...I'm just so excited that Cheyenne is teething...it's so cute.

Cheyenne also had another major milestone today...she turned over from her back to her tummy!!! Right on her 4 month birthday!! They are supposed to go from tummy to back first and then about a month later, go from back to tummy..Cheyenne doesn't like being on her tummy, so we weren't able to work on tummy to back until here recently. We are still working on it, but she rolled from her back to her tummy today and then actually tried to roll on back over to her back but her arm was in the way and she couldn't...we will continue to work on that. The funny thing about it is that from then on, she would get on her tummy and play for a couple of minutes and then she would get upset, so I would turn her back over on to her back and she would immediately roll back over. Every time I out her on her back after that, she would turn right back over.

She is starting to push up on her elbows when she is on her tummy and tonight after she would roll onto her tummy, she would pull her legs up and tuck her knees under her and try to push up on them. Earlier today, she would push up on her toes and lift her legs and hips off the ground while she was on her tummy. She is beginning to realize that she can move in different ways and make different things move. This morning, before she turned over, she was laying on her back and arching her back and lifting her bottom off the ground. She is just so cute and learning so many different things. She is growing so fast and getting more precious and beautiful every day.... She has her 4 month check-up next week and we get to go back to the doctor that she saw up until she turned 2 months old. I really like that doctor and am so excited to get to go back to her. I'll post again after her check up!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Cheyenne's 3 month "birthday"

Well, as of the time this blog was posted (11:56 pm), my little princess is officially 3 months old!! I can't believe it!! It seems like just a few days ago that I came into the den at 7:00 in the morning and told my Dad that I thought it was time to be getting dressed. It doesn't seem like 3 months since I first saw my beautiful little angel's face. As soon as she was born and they handed her to me, all I could say was "She is so pretty!! She is perfect!!"

It doesn't seem like 3 months since my little angel arrived. I already miss certain things as she is constantly developing. I am so glad with every new thing she learns, but it is bittersweet, because it seems like with each new thing she learns, something else goes away. I miss the newborn cry that is almost a growl...I miss her not weighing hardly anything at all (7 lbs 14 oz. at birth)...as happy as I am about her moving around and being more active, I do miss the times when I could just put her down for a minute and she would stay put.

I miss the days when she could fit in her newborn clothes, although that didn't last long since she was so big when she was born. She has been in 3 to 6 month clothes since she was about 2 1/2 months old. She can still wear some 0 to 3 months, but very few. So tomorrow, I am going to pack up all of her newborn clothes, probably with tears streaming down my face as I look at each outfit and remember when she wore it, what we were doing and how cute she looked.

She is learning more every day...she has recently realized that she has a very wide range of sounds that she can produce...from soft cooing to high pitched squealing...she prefers the squealing, especially first thing in the morning when she gets up for the day.

She has also begin to get ready to hold her bottle. When I feed her, she is constantly pawing the bottle or holding my hands or knocking the bottle out of her mouth.

She is also getting ready to turn over from her back to her tummy. She will lay on her back and turn over onto her side and then keep trying to turn the rest of the way over by kicking her leg over and twisting her head and trying to rock herself on over. She'll be doing it before I know it. She hasn't gone from tummy to back yet, which is supposed to come first, but since she hates being on her tummy, she doesn't get as much practice, but we will continue to work on it.

She is holding things now and actually starting to put them in her mouth when she is holding them. Tonight , she actually took her binkie out of her mouth and waved it over her head and then tried to put it back in her mouth, but missed just a little bit. It was so cute...then she smiled and thought it was funny. She is grabbing onto the toys on her playmat and even kicking at them.

I just can't believe it has already been 3 months. Where does the time go? She is so much fun and I am so blessed to have her. I don't know what I would do without her!! She is truly my little angel!!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Look what Cheyenne has found!!

Cheyenne has found her thumb!! She will start sucking on her fist or just a couple of fingers and then she will work them around until she has just her thumb in her mouth. It is so precious!!



Yesterday, August 26, 2009, Cheyenne found her feet!! She's been lifting her legs up for a few days now and she finally reached out and grabbed her foot!!



She is only grabbing her left foot with her left hand right now. She is lifting her right leg up too, but she hasn't willingly grabbed her right foot. She is lifting her left leg up higher than her right leg. Perhaps she will be left-legged like her Momma!! A gymnast in the making!!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Cheyenne's development

I am happy to announce that Cheyenne is doing so great!! I have been putting her on her tummy for at least a few minutes every day so she can work on strengthening her neck and back and work on lifting her head up. She absolutely hates being on her stomach...she cries if she is on her tummy for more than a minute or two. But I keep trying...she can pick her head up just enough not to smother herself...and rest her chin on the ground. Then...all of a sudden...when I put her on her tummy Monday, August 17th, I put her on her tummy and as soon as I did, she lifted her head and chest up off the ground so good...like she had been doing it for weeks. She even had her legs off the ground too, so she was just balancing on her tummy. She was so precious...she looked like a little beached whale. Then she spit up...


She is holding her head up really well when she is being held. She is cooing and talking and even laughing and it is so cute. She will laugh and every time she laughs, she gets the hiccups. She used to get them every time she ate, and she has finally learned to eat without swallowing air and now she needs to learn how to laugh without swallowing air!! She is so precious when she laughs and "talks" to you.


She is holding things and playing with them. She is beginning to put them in her mouth when she holds her toys.


She is also starting to pull things up over her face when you give her a blanket or a lovie....


I can't believe she is already almost 11 weeks old and she is just continuing to grow!! She is already over 13 lbs and was 24" tall at her 2 month check up!! Time to put a brick on her head!!!

Cheyenne's 2 Month Check-up

Well, I am a few days late posting this, but Cheyenne did have her 2 month check-up after many problems and lots of tears getting to that point.

It all began when I made her 2 month well-check appointment about a month ago. I absolutely love the doctor she has been going to since she was born. She is wonderful with Cheyenne and loves on her every time we have gone in. So I had scheduled her 2 month well-check and the day before her appointment, they call to verify her appointment and when I call back to confirm, they told me that I couldn't bring her in because they are out of network for the insurance plan she has. I asked why they had been seeing her for the past 2 months and not said anything and their answer was because when babies are born, they are covered under the mother's insurance for the first 2 months...ok...that's great...I have the same insurance she does. I don't get it...so I had to call Medicaid and change her plan, but they can't change it until she is 90 days old. Mind you, I didn't choose this plan...when I got the package with all the information in it for the plans to choose from, I was looking over them and 2 days later got the information saying I had been signed up with Unicare. Anyway, she can't be changed until she is 90 days old...So I called the doctor that was assigned on her insurance card and they couldn't get her in for 3 weeks. I didn't want to wait that long..they said it's okay for her vaccinations to be a little late, and I told them I didn't want them to be late, because by the time I got in and got her vaccinations, she would have to come back about a month later for more vaccinations. There is a reason vaccinations are scheduled 2 months apart. Anyway, I called the insurance company to find another doctor and they told me no doctors in my area are accepting new patients...I would have to drive a long way to see a doctor. So I started calling doctors in my book and found one close by that is accepting new patients and they could get Cheyenne in the next day. So I called the insurance company back and told them the doctor that I wanted to switch to. They said that doctor is at their limit and couldn't have any more patients added without authorization. So they called and got authorization.

Anyway, that got cleared up and I took Cheyenne in for her 2 month well-check. She got her vaccinations and a VERY quick well-check...I think the doctor was in the room about a minute and a half. I didn't feel that I could get questions answered that I had. I had to stop him 3 different times from leaving the room with questions I had. I was very disappointed and upset when I left.

Anyway, I am happy to report that she did get a good report and is doing well. She got 3 shots and 1 oral vaccination. I am glad she got in for an appointment, but I can't wait to get her switched back to the doctor she has been seeing. Unfortunately, that won't be effective until October 1st. Just in time for her 4 month well-check and vaccinations.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Poor Baby Girl

Well, I had to take Cheyenne for her first sick visit to the doctor yesterday. She had been coughing for a few days, but it was very seldom and I figured with her learning to make new noises, this was just a new noise she had learned. It was just a little cough, no chest congestion or anything, pretty much just a sound. Then on Friday morning, when she was having Grandpa time, he said she sounded a little congested in her nose. I heard it a little and said I'd keep an eye on it throughout the day. I didn't really notice it the rest of the day or over the weekend. Then Sunday night, when she woke up for her feedings, she was so congested, I could hear it with every breath she took. Poor baby was so stuffy. She was also sneezing a lot and coughing a lot more. So I called her doctor yesterday morning and she couldn't get in with her doctor, so we saw one of the associates there and we went in yesterday afternoon.

Poor little Cheyenne has an upper respiratory infection. She didn't get any antibiotics because the doctor said they won't work and of course she is too young for any over the counter cold medications. So she just told me to get saline drops for her nose and a humidifier to have on at night to help her sleep. It's funny because I told Mom before I went to the doctor "I can tell you right now what she'll say. She'll say to get saline drops for her nose and a cool mist humidifier." Sure enough that's exactly what she said. I've been around this block a few times, but I wanted to take her to the doctor to make sure it wasn't in her ears like mine use to. The doctor said it wasn't in her ears or in her chest thank goodness. Just in her nose for now...good thing I took her in when I did and caught it early. She has a follow-up appointment on Friday to check her again and see how she's doing and make sure it hasn't moved into her ears or chest. Then she goes back next Tuesday, if everything is better, for her 2 month check up and shots. If she's not better though, I will reschedule because I'm not going to get her shots if she's still sick. Luckily she hasn't been running a fever, but they said she can run up to 102 degrees. So I'm watching out for that. She seems to be feeling better today, still sneezing and coughing, but she seems to feel better. She slept 7 1/2 hours last night and that was after sleeping practically off an on practically all day yesterday.

I hate it when my babies get sick...she is so young that she doesn't know what's going on and can't tell me when she doesn't feel good. I always feel so bad when my kids get sick...I just wish I could be sick in their place. I'm just glad it's not worse than it is!!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Devon Loves His Little Sister

One thing I didn't update on was Devon and his awesome relationship with his new little sister.

Devon feeding Cheyenne for the first time!!


Devon is really great with Cheyenne. The first day they spent together was awesome!! Every time Cheyenne would cry or make a noise, Devon would come over and talk to her and pet her little head and tell her it was okay. He enjoys feeding her and likes to hold her from time to time.


He is getting to be such a big help with her. He likes to get her out of the carseat for me when we go places so I don't have to crawl into the car to get her out. When I put Cheyenne in her swing, Devon will come over and strap her in and make sure she is secure.


Devon and Cheyenne on their first day together!


Before Cheyenne was born, he helped me prepare by going through all of his toys and books and pulled out things he thought Cheyenne would like. He pulled out a couple of toys that he had from when he was little and he has passed down a few books from when he was a baby and toddler. It is so awesome to see him sharing and wanting to give things to Cheyenne and be a good big brother!!






Devon holding Cheyenne at almost 3 weeks old.


Devon & Cheyenne holding hands - about 6 weeks old

Devon and Cheyenne are going to get along just great!! He is such a good big brother and she loves him already. I am so glad they like each other so much. When Devon holds Cheyenne, she will smile at him and he just loves that!! It is so sweet to see my 2 angels loving each other! As a mom, I couldn't ask for anything else!!



Thursday, July 30, 2009

Finally a minute....

Ok...so I have been a terrible mom...I set up this blog and didn't keep up with it and post anything after my inital post. So here's the update...

Most of you reading this already know all of this, but this is also to memorialize the life of my children.

I did have my daughter, finally. She was due on May 27, 2009 but wasn't here by then. I was scheduled to be induced on May 10, 2009, but I went into labor on June 8, 2009 at 6:00 in the morning. The contractions were about 4 or 5 minutes apart. I had the same thing happen a couple of days before, but after about an hour they stopped, so I waited to see if they were going to last more than an hour. They did get stronger and hurt a lot more than the contractions I had been having up to that point. So after an hour, I went in and told my dad that we probably should get dressed. He asked if it was time and I said yeah, it was time!!! So we left about 8:00 am to go to the hospital (had to wait for my mom to get dressed and put make-up on...even lipstick....don't get me started!!) and during the drive to the hospital, my contractions were about 2 minutes apart. I seriously thought I was going to have my baby in the car. But I didn't....When I got to the hospital, I was dilated to 4 cm. I had contractions for about 3 hours before I got my epidural and I thought I was going to die!! I finally got my epidural and was waiting for the process to move right along. After several hours, I was still at 4 cm. They were going to give me Pitocin to get my contractions stronger and get me dilating again. About 6 hours later, I finally got the Pitocin. In the time span of 7:00 to 10:30 I went from 4cm to 9 1/2 cm. My epidural started wearing off and they had to give me more. It kept wearing off really fast. I started pushing about 11:00 pm and was really feeling the contractions on my left side. By the time I was ready to deliver, I was feeling pretty much everything. I always heard women in labor say "I need to push" and I always wondered how do you "need to push?" Well, now I know...the doctor kept telling me not to push and I was yelling back that I really needed to push. I really wanted to have her before midnight. I wanted her to be born on June 8th, so I worked really hard and Cheyenne Lee Summers was born at 11:56 pm on June 8, 2009 after 18 hours of labor. She was 7 lbs. 14 oz. and 19 1/2" long.

They handed her to me and I looked at her and she was absolutely beautiful. I started talking to her and as soon as she heard my voice, she lifted her little head up and looked at me. I am not kidding...

We came home less than 48 hours later on June 10th about noon. She has been such an angel ever since.

When she was about 4 weeks old, she started smiling and now at 7 1/2 weeks, she is smiling quite a bit. I went out last night with some friends and when I got home, she was in Grandpa's lap fussing. He said she had been fussy all evening. I walked over and started talking to her and she looked up at me and smiled. She was glad Mommy was home. I told Grandpa that's what was wrong with her...she missed her Mommy. It was so cute and it made my night that my beautiful daughter smiled at me when I got home. It was awesome!!!

She has been sleeping about 6 hours at night since she was about 3 weeks old. She has been colicky quite a bit and we have changed her formula a couple of times and seen progress. We now have her on Parent's Choice formula, which is Wal-Mart's brand. It is exactly the same as Enfamil which is the formula that worked for her and gave her no problems. But it is half the price, so we are trying that to see if she has the same luck.

Ok...I think I have babbled enough for this evening and caught up everything. I promise I will be better about updating on a regular basis.

Till next time.....

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Welcome to the Life of the Summers

Welcome to my little family's life. Most of you reading this know me and my sweet little family. My name is Lori and I have a son that just turned 11 years old and I am about to have another baby in about three weeks. It is a girl and I can't wait until she gets here. This pregnancy has been a bit more difficult that my first for many reasons.

First of all, this is a girl, so carried much lower.

Second, I am 11 years older than I was during my first pregnancy. So 11 years definitely makes a difference with your body and it is now apparent that things do change as you get older. :)

Third, I have been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes, which has been a challenge, but I am muddling through. Having to make sure I eat right and take my blood sugar regularly. On a positive note, once I deliver, the diabetes will go away. Now there is a greater possibility that I will develop diabetes later in life, but I intend to continue to watch what I eat and will probably continue to monitor my blood sugar periodically even once the baby is born.

Anyway, my son is Devon and he just turned 11. As for my daughter that is soon to be born, I will not be revealing her name for sure until she is here.

I have 3 weeks left until she gets here. I went to the doctor yesterday and was informed that she is in position (head down) and I have already dilated to 1 cm. I have been having Braxton Hicks contractions since I was 4 or 5 months along, but they are definitely increasing. I am feeling them almost constantly. I am also having regular contractions periodically which are causing me to dilate. Of course they aren't at any kind of regular intervals, but they are starting to hurt more. So basically anytime in the next 3 weeks she could make her grand appearance.

Devon is very excited about having a baby sister. He goes through his old toys and books and pulls out ones he thinks she will like. He finds books that he says he would like to read to her once she is born. I have seen him with his twin cousins when they visit and he is really good with them. He interacts with them, talks to them, plays with their toys with them, and even though they don't understand, he tries his best to explain his Nintendo games to them. :) He is so cute. So I think he will be an excellent big brother.

Anyway, I guess that is enough babbling on and introducing my sweet little family.

More later....