Monday, May 19, 2014

Our time with SuSu!

My sweet mom came to town for 12 days to welcome Peanut to the world and help us settle back in at home. Unfortunately, she couldn't stay forever and yesterday we had to say goodbye to our sweet Susu! We are so thankful for the many days she spent serving and loving our family of three. She fixed meals each day, continually did all of our laundry, and ran and unloaded the dishwasher countless times. This was all in addition to getting up in the night with Peanut and spending hours a day holding her. She would also take Peanut and walk around during her crying fits so I "didn't have to have a crying baby in my ear." It was such a blessing to have her help as we adjusted to these newborn days. I am realizing now that she is gone that although I will miss the meals, laundry, and hours of sleep she gave us...I will miss her companionship most of all. 

The newborn days are long and sometimes hard, and it was such a joy to have Susu here with me as we spent our first days at home. We miss her already but are so thankful for the time she spent with us!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Peanut's Birth Day

"The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy."
Psalm 126:3
May 7th we welcomed our precious baby girl into the world at 10:15 am. 6 lbs, 8 oz. and 21 inches long. Labor and delivery went very smoothly. We went in the night before to get the process started, and then the plan was to start the pitocin and break my water first thing Wednesday morning. I started having contractions that morning at 2:30am (we were already in the hospital). They continually increased and by 6 am they were lasting almost a minute and coming pretty closely together. The doctor came in that morning at 7 am and broke my water and I was already 5 cm. This is also the time I got my epidural...and it quickly worked it's magic! The rest of the morning was very calm, thanks to that epidural! They ended up not starting the pitocin since my body was progressing. By 9:15, I was 10 cm. We were shocked at how quickly everything progressed. I was anxious about labor and delivery and there were so many people praying for a quick and easy delivery. Their prayers were answered! We welcomed our baby girl at 10:15 that morning after minimal pushing.

 We spent two nights in the hospital and enjoyed a flood of friends and family. Our little peanut is loved so much already!



There are so many things to do in preparation for a baby. After so many months of preparing, there is still no way to prepare your heart. There is no way to imagine how much your heart will swell with love.  We are so in love and so thankful that the Lord has given us this gift. My mom is in town with us, and Fletcher's mom has been helping us too. It is such a blessing to have the help of our moms as we adjust to a "new normal" and figure out this new chapter. 

Monday, May 5, 2014

40.5

I said hello and goodbye to my due date, baby girl is still cooking.  We were really conflicted on whether or not to induce this past week. The doctor said my body wasn't quite ready and that if I induced there was still the worst case scenario of having a long labor and then the potential of a c-section. We decided to be patient, and let the due date come and go. My doctor won't let me go past 41 weeks, so this week she is coming out one way or another! We are going on long walks and Fletcher gives her a daily pep talk about how it is time for her to come out. In the meantime, we are trying to enjoy the last few days just the two of us! Fletcher said she must have my personality...he said if I stayed in the same place for 9 months I wouldn't want to come out either. I'm afraid I couldn't argue with him on that one!  It is ironic how your feelings change. Last weekend I felt super nostalgic and a little bit sad about our "last weekend" with just the two of us. Then, as this weekend approached I felt frustrated about having another weekend! I know in the waiting the Lord is teaching me to let go of my plans and expectations and be flexible. So in the meantime, we are soaking up the days with just the two of us and eating lots of ice cream!

For lunch Sunday we had a picnic with one of our favorites - Taziki's Friday special. This weekend I prepared a few more things for my hospital bag. I was inspired on pinterest to make a folder to keep all the paperwork and information from the hospital organized.
I downloaded a new book on my ipad mini to read in the next few days and during the waiting at the hospital.
I do have to give a shout out to Fletcher for being super sweet amidst the waiting. I know he is ready to meet our little peanut too, but he has been so accommodating this last week. He is constantly encouraging me to rest, he insisted on shopping for some new shoes (my feet literally don't fit in any of my sandals), and he has made sure all of our recent meals have been a treat! We are both looking forward to the end of pregnancy and the beginning of the next chapter!