Thursday, September 27, 2012

4 Weeks

4 Weeks
-Travelled across county (40 hours of driving)
-Visited 10 new states
-Started sporting the Phil Collins hairstyle
-Visited with Ukiah friends
-Visited Grandma and Grandpa Yoast (in St. Louis)

We made it to Georgia! We are so excited to be here and can't wait to start our new adventure here.  The trip was surprisingly wonderful and Amelia and Goose are road trip champions.  As soon as I can upload all the trip photos I will share the exciting details. 

Amelia is such a sweetheart and we have been getting closer and closer as a family.  Well who wouldn't be close after spending 8 days in the car and hotels together.  Those are some close quarters. We have been noticing some small changes with Amelia.  She is really starting to be more interested when we read to her and loves taking in the world around her. She has also started loving the bath so we are making that part of her bedtime ritual.  Today I have been trying to get her on a "schedule".  I am a planner and not having a schedule has been tough for me so I figure it's time to get on one.  We were doing well with a schedule before the cross country trip but that kinda threw a wrench in it so we are starting over.  I'll share those details as they come.  

 Here is our poor baby Goose shortly after getting to Georgia.
He was so happy and then just crashed on the living room floor. 
What a trooper!

Trip details to come!!!!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Amelia's Birth Story

And it goes a little something like this.....

I've had  a couple people ask me to post Amelia's birth story so I thought I would get it on here while it is still fresh in my mind.  So we know that she was born on Sunday August 26th, but my contractions actually started on my due date August 22nd.  The contractions started in the morning but were irregular and then started to become more frequent and a little stronger around dinner time. I started timing them and they were running about 10-12 minutes apart.  They were not very strong and so I figured this was early labor.  My contractions ended up staying at 10 minutes apart all night, so I didn't sleep much Wednesday night. I had a Dr. appointment on Thursday morning and Brian stayed home from work to come with me.  My Dr. let us know that I was dilated to 1 centimeter and in early labor.  We were excited! She guessed that Amelia would come in the next 24 hours.  Well that obviously didn't happen.

My contractions stayed at 10 minutes apart all through Thursday, and were slowly getting a little stronger.  We were told to come to the hospital when the contractions were 5 minutes apart lasting for 1 minute for an hour.  We were getting there very slowly.  Finally on Friday night we were at a BBQ and my contractions were coming 5-6 minutes apart for the entire night.  It was also getting hard to walk and talk through the contractions.  We decided ahead of time that we were gonna stay at home as long as possible, so we were gonna wait until the contractions were either unbearable or 3 minutes apart.

Saturday morning came with very little sleep for the last 3 nights. Brian and I decided to try and speed things up and go on a long walk.  At this point the contractions are still 5 minutes apart but I could no longer walk through them.  We ended up walking for about an hour and by the end the contractions were 3 minutes apart.  We figured we would call the hospital and head over there.  We ended up stopping for lunch on the way hoping to labor away from the hospital as long as possible.  I was really struggling at this point.  We made it to the hospital around 4pm and they put me in a triage room to watch the contractions and check me after about an hour.  After an hour of monitoring my contractions the midwife came in to check my cervix.  She didn't have the best news for me.  I was only dilated to 2cm.  I was surprised since I had been having contractions for so long.  I was opening up so that was good news but it felt like I was going to be in labor forever.  The midwife said that I could take a walk and come back in a couple hours or I could go home.  Brian and I decided that it would be best to head home because Goose was there and I could relax a little more at home.

On the way home from the hospital the contractions were around 4-5 minutes apart and still getting stronger.  We stopped to pick up some dinner on the way home and I couldn't believe I was only at 2 cm.  I was really starting to feel these contractions, I kept thinking how can I only be to 2! When we got home I headed straight to the bathtub and tried to help me get through the night.  I was definitely practicing my hypnobirthing at this point but I knew it was going to be a long night. The contractions were a little too strong for me to even eat dinner so I just focused on relaxing and headed to bed around 8pm.  Well for anyone who has had contractions knows that they are impossible to sleep through so the rest was not happening.  I was able to sleep in 1 minute increments and then would jump out of bed to endure the contraction. I felt that I could relax easier when I was standing.  Well I did this through the night and jumped in the bathtub two more times to help.  Poor Brian was trying to help but the only thing that helped was when I was able to relax enough.

We put off going to the hospital until I really felt that I had made it closer to the end.  I kept thinking, "if I'm not at least 5cm then I will be shocked".   At around 5am I decided that it was time we head over there.  I now had contractions really strong about 1-2 minutes apart. Walking out to the car I had the pleasant experience of vomiting in the neighbors lawn (sorry about that).  The drive to the hospital was about 25 minutes and it was not an easy 25 minutes. A bumpy car ride is not a way I recommend enduring the last little bit of labor.  When we got to the hospital I walked the long walk to labor and delivery and I remember telling Brian, "If this is not the end of labor then I can not imagine how bad it will get".  When we got there I starting throwing up again and I actually started laughing cause I just felt to tired.  I think I had hit my limit. The midwife hurried in to check me and said, "wow, you are 8 cm".  What a relief! I was so happy that I had been able to stay home until this point.

I had decided on the way to the hospital that if an epidural was an option that I would get it.  I was so tired that I felt that I may need some rest to get through the pushing.  When the midwife said that I was 8cm I was sure that it was too late, but because my labor had progressed so slow they said that I could do it.  I will say that even though the original plan was to not have an epidural I was relieved to have one.  Once I got the epidural, I almost immediately fell asleep.  My progression continued very peacefully and I could not wait until it was time to meet our little baby! I got the epidural around 8am, my water broke around 9:30am and they said it would still be at least an hour until I started pushing.  I was putting all my positive thoughts into the delivery and was finally feeling that my energy levels were coming back. At about 11:50 I started feeling some pressure, which translates to the need to push.  I let the nurse know and she confirmed it was time. I was so excited! She didn't call the midwife yet because she felt that the baby was still high and I would be pushing for a while.

After about 50 minutes of pushing I decided that I would be done in 15 minutes.  Brian laughed at me and said that I put too much pressure on myself.  Wouldn't you know that 10 minutes later Amelia made her debut. I was determined and in all honestly I was done being pregnant.  The midwife made it just in time and while it was not glamorous it was beautiful.  The midwife caught Amelia and Brian looked over and announced that it was a baby girl.  We were so excited! While the gender was a surprise I think we knew all along. They put her on my chest cleaned her up and I was overwhelmed.  I was happy, nervous, excited, and so many emotions.  Brian was such a good support system and the perfect partner.  We fell in love with this little stranger and could not wait to get to know her.  It has since been a blissful 3 weeks and we are learning so much about ourselves.  Everyday is an adventure and I honestly look forward to doing it all over, even with the long labor :)

3 Weeks

3 Weeks
-First cold (poor baby)
-Got to hang out at Yia-Yia and Papa's house
-Went to Church
-Met another Great-Grandma (that's 3!)
-Slept through the night 3 times

This week Amelia and I have been hanging out at my childhood home before the big move.  It has been so relaxing.  She has been so relaxed she is sleeping at least 6 hours (in a row) every night.  Our record is 7 hours.  She knows I need my sleep I guess, what a little sweetheart.  This week we haven't been doing very many exciting things.  We were able to go to church.  I was a little nervous thinking that she may get fussy or I may have to leave Sacrament meeting.  Luckily for me she was her usual angel self and slept through the whole service.  It may have helped that her Yia-Yia held her the entire time, but I'll take what I can get.  

We had the chance to spend a lot of time with her cousins.  We have really had a great time in Ukiah and the people here are the reason that our move has a little bitterness along with the sweetness.  We are so excited but we are going to miss everyone here like crazy. 

Amelia and her cousins.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Photo Dump

I have been collecting a lot of pictures on my phone since Amelia's birth and thought I would finally upload them to share.  These were some of my favorite moments over the last 17 days...

(Left) Right after her bath in the hospital. Such a proud Dad!
(Right) In her crib when we brought her home from the hospital. I can't get enough of that face.

 (Left) Dad and daughter bonding time (watching Price is Right)
(Right) There is not much better than a sleeping newborn on your chest. 
 Such a sweet little chubby face.

  On the way to her first Dr. Appointment, and then exhausted after.

Dad is the best a soothing this little girl.

Finally met her Yia-Yia! Such a proud Grandma.  However my mom said I needed to promptly start putting her in pink.

Exhausted after visiting Dad at work.  She wore a shoe outfit just for the occasion.

How hilarious is this Zoolander/Duck face? 

On the road up to Ukiah, what a little lovey.

Got to meet her cousins :)

2 Weeks

2 Weeks
-10 Hour roadtrip
-Moved out of Huntington Beach
-8 lbs 1oz (already!)
-Rolled over (kind of a fluke, but she has done it twice)

Amelia has had a busy busy life so far.  This last week was full of packing for the big move to Georgia.  I don't know how we managed to get it all done but we did and Brian is going to be on his way to Atlanta tonight.  Luckily for us we had quite a few people bring dinner over and my mom was there to help.  Yia-Yia just so happens to be excellent at getting Amelia to sleep so that was extremely helpful. 

On Sunday my mom and I headed up to northern Cali with Amelia and Goose in my small little Nissan Versa.  That was an adventure.  The trip took us around 10 hours to get to Sacramento (normally a 7 hour trip) but Amelia and Goose were a dream. The hard part was how squished we were in the car not to mention trying to change a diaper or nurse in the backseat.  It was quite the site to see.  We considered it a trial run for the upcoming 10 day drive to Georgia.  We'll have to make some adjustments but I think we got lucky with a sleepy angel baby and a sweet puppy. 

I included some pictures from our visit in Sacramento and a couple others.  

the result of the busiest 2 weeks of our lives

4 generations! 

Smiling at her Yia-Ma (Great-Grandma)

Fell right asleep in Papou's arms

Finally got to meet Papa last night.

Monday, September 3, 2012

1 Week

1 Week
-First Bath
-Trips to target & grocery store
-First Dr. appointment
- Slept 6 hours during the night

Our first week with Amelia has been so exciting.  We are learning a lot about ourselves and we are loving figuring this out together.  Since we are moving to Georgia we thought that we should continue with the weekly photos to keep all of our family in the loop.  The quilt in the picture was made for Amelia by her Yia-Yia (my mom).  I included some pictures of the little things that I don't want to forget. 

Look at those lips!

Dad's tootsies!

Amelia got to hang out with her Great-Grandma this week.

First bath! Took it like a champ. (and then promptly peed on me :)

Saturday, September 1, 2012



We have been having the best week getting to know Amelia.  Our lives have been changed and we would not have it any other way. She is so wonderful and we feel so fortunate to have been blessed with this little spirit. Brian is loving being a Dad to this little girl and she is just a joy. I will share the birth story soon but it will take a while to write.  For today I'm just gonna share a couple of picture of our sleepy baby from her first week in this world :)

This is the closest Goose has gotten but
he doesn't seem to be interested in her unless she is
crying and then he gets
upset. Overall he has been
so great with her.