Tuesday, July 17, 2012

One Year

Today is our one year anniversary and it's been an amazing first year together. I can't believe we are parents already!

Kylie is two weeks old today and this is also her original due date.  She is the best little anniversary gift in the whole wide world! Look at that sweet girl of ours...what's not to love?

The three of us were actually able to eat out together as a family for the first time today.  Robert came home from work a bit early this afternoon and I had just finished nursing Kylie, so we packed her up and headed out for an early dinner.  KK slept through the entire meal.  She is such a good baby!

In first anniversary tradition, Robert and I had saved part of our wedding cake to eat for good luck today.  So, we thawed it out and ate a few bites.  It was still mighty tasty!

That's about it for our big day, dinner out with our baby and some old cake, ha!  It was absolutely perfect and I wouldn't change a thing. :)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Meet the Family!

Kylie has had a lot of visitors and has met most of her immediate family already! It's really fun that everyone is so excited to meet her.  I mean, who can blame them?  She's pretty irresistible.  So far, Kylie has met...

Aunt Coco



GG and Memaw

 Uncle Tyler

 Aunt Chelsea

Grandma Sharon

 Grandpa Jim

 Nana and Grandma

Uncle Adam

Grammy Burm

Grandpa & Grandma

 Amber & Robin

 Mary Beth

We were discharged from the hospital on Thursday.  On Saturday my brothers, sister and their families came to visit!  We had five little ones together, all under the age of 4. Aren't they sweet?!

Aunt Heather & Forrest

 Uncle Chris & Emilee


Uncle Steve

I just realized that we didn't get photos with Uncle Kris and Aunt Nicki, but they were there too!  We have also had quite a few friends come by the house, so she is getting to meet everyone.

My momma stayed with us since we left the hospital and she went home on Saturday.  She was an amazing help to all of us while I recovered.  Thanks for everything, Mom! 

Yesterday was our first day together as just the three of us.  We didn't even have any visitors stop by, so we stayed in our PJ's all day and just relaxed together.  It was nice.

Today was the first day that Kylie and I spent on our own together and we had a good time.  For the most part, Kylie is a pretty easy baby.  She sleeps really well at night, I mean, I have to wake her up every 3-4 hours to eat, otherwise she could and would sleep longer.  As a result, we are all getting a good amount of sleep, which really helps!  I hope it stays that way! :)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Kylie's Birth Story

Our sweet baby girl, Kylie Kathryn Brown made her way into the world on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 and we couldn't be more thrilled. We are so completely in love with this tiny girl!

We arrived at the hospital at 5:30am for my scheduled c-section at 7:30. We were put in a pre-op room and a nurse came in to start the IV and hook up the fetal monitors. 

Around 7:15 we made our way to the OR. Robert was given scrubs to put on and then he was to wait for a nurse to get him when everything was prepped and ready.

The anesthesiologist came to start my spinal block. She first injected me with something to numb the area and was all, "This will sting like a bee sting." Bee sting my ass! It felt like I was being injected with fire.

Then came the fun part, the spinal block. I had to sit on the edge of the table and hunch over so she could get to my lower back. Apparently, I have a small curve in my lower back and that was a problem.

Home girl had to try FIVE frickin' times to get the block positioned correctly.


That was just plain awful.  I could still feel her digging around in my back with the needle even though the area was numbed up. It felt like really sharp cramps and was not pleasant by any stretch of the imagination.

Eventually, she got it done and the nurses quickly moved me to a laying down position. Then they put up a sheet and started some morphine in my IV. Ahhhh....

Robert came in and sat by me and the anesthesiologist looked over the sheet and then told me that it had already started. And I had not felt a single thing! A wave of relief came over me. I had been seriously worried about feeling the cut. I know, I know, the spinal block handles that, but I've heard of not working as expected.  So, I relaxed.

I felt a lot of pushing and pulling and pressure while they worked at getting Kylie out. The way she was sitting, her butt came out first and she was crammed up in my ribs, so it took a lot of force to get her down and out.

As a result, Kylie's little legs were all bruised up and so is my abdomen, both inside and out. Most of the bruise color has faded from both of us by now, but my abdomen is SO sore.

Robert tried to stand up at one point and look over the curtain to see what was happening and the nurses made him sit back down. I guess there have been dads who have passed out, which is a bit of a liability for the hospital there!

As soon as Kylie was out they held her up over the sheet so we could see her. I'm not going to lie, newborns fresh out are gnarly looking. Regardless, I was amazed to see her and started to cry immediately. I couldn't help it! I was so overwhelmed by relief and in complete awe of the little life we just brought into the world.

Kylie Kathryn Brown was born on 7/3/12 at 7:56am, weighing 7lbs, 15ozs and measuring 19 inches long.

Robert was given the all-clear to take photos after they showed her to us. The nurses checked Kylie out and she promptly grabbed a hold of the stethoscope. Robert was all excited, "She's grabbing the stethoscope! She's going to be a doctor!" LOL

Robert got to hold her first.  I love this picture, his eyes are so happy!

Our first family photo!

Kylie's in the nursery!  Robert got to stay with her the whole time.  That's our sweet neighbor, Linda, watching through the window.

Kylie's first bath!  She was not happy about it.

 Clean baby with all her hospital gear on.

 The nurse held her up for me to see as I was wheeled to the recovery room.

 This is the first time I got to hold her.

 Getting kisses from Daddy.

Our sweet Baby Kylie.

Monday, July 2, 2012

38 weeks and the Nursery!

Well, this is it!  Tomorrow is the big day!  Robert and I will arrive at the hospital at 5:30am and the c-section is scheduled for 7:30am, so by 8:00 we should be meeting our sweet baby girl!  I can't wait to see what she looks like! 

I'm so incredibly excited and have a thousand thoughts running through my mind.  I can't believe this pregnancy is almost over and Robert and I are about to be PARENTS!!  Woah.  That's crazy.

As far as pregnancies go, I think I've had it pretty easy, compared to many that I've heard about.  I haven't been sick once, not sick to my stomach, no headaches, no colds...nothing. I got nauseated one morning, but nothing ever came of it.  I've been on prenatal vitamins and DHA since we decided to start trying for a baby and I haven't missed a single day of vitamins this entire 9 months.

I had high blood pressure at one appointment, but after resting for a while in the exam room it went down and it's been low/normal ever since.  Kylie's heartbeat has been 154 at almost every appointment.  I've had mild swelling at times, but only a handfull of really swollen days.  I was wearing my wedding ring up until about a week ago, but I can't get it on any longer.

I had a few mood swings due to hormones the first trimester.  For the most part I could recognize that I was being irrational and getting angry, but couldn't really help it.  I would warn Robert that the spawn of satan was emerging and most times we maneuvered those moments with relativly low incident and were able to laugh about them later. 

Since then I've been back to myself and on cloud 9 due to excitement about becoming a momma!  How could I not be beyond thrilled about this tiny life growing inside of me?

Physically, I suppose I feel as good as any mom can at this point.  I don't sleep a lot, as I have to pee every 45 minutes to an hour.  It's uncomfortable to lay down anyway, and when I lay on my right side Kylie kicks me a lot.  I think I'm squishing her a little since her head is over that way. 

It's quite difficult to get out of bed and I feel a great sense of accomplishment whenever I'm successful.  I have to rock a bit to get some momentum built up and then roll out!

I'm really looking forward to being able to get comfortable to sleep and, hopefully, Kylie might sleep for, say, TWO hours at a time so maybe I could too!  That would be an hour more than I'm used to sleeping at any stretch. 

My back has recently begin to ache, though it isn't awful and it isn't constant.  My pelvis is far worse pain.  I often feel like it might break when I walk.  That's not an awesome sensation.  I suppose it's due to her little feet and butt being crammed down there.

Kylie's head has been rubbing on my ribs and it is extremely uncomfortable.  That's probably the worst part of all of it...well, the rib pain and the pelvis pain are both pretty bad.  But, that's my biggest complaint!

Over all, I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be Kylie's momma and all the pain and discomfort is totally worth it!  Have I mentioned how excited I am about tomorrow??!!

Here is my last prego photo, taken at 37.5ish weeks.  My app says that Kylie is finally the size of a watermelon!

Now onto more fun things, here is her nursery!  The furniture (minus the crib and cubes) was Robert's when he was little and Robert's dad's when he was little...it's really old and solid oak.  We had it repainted to white to give it a new look. 

The furniture's knobs also needed updating, so I went knob shopping and these crazy folks want to charge $3 per knob!  And I needed 30 of them. 

So, being the crafty lady that I am, I bought some plain wood knobs from Hobby Lobby for $3 for a bag of 9 and I painted them myself.  No two are alike.  I love these! 

Here are snapshots from the finished nursery.  I wasn't stressing myself out to get it done, because Kylie won't know the difference when she gets home from the hospital.  However, it all came together just in time!

I took photos in order going around the whole room so you can get a feel for it.

Her dresser, which will double as a changing table.  (Aren't those knobs cute?)

Her crib.

Rocker/recliner from La-Z Boy.  It's sooo comfy! Kylie's Aunt Courtney made those poofy ball-thingies for the Bentonville baby shower and she sent us home with them.

View from the door.

Book case/toy cubes and her chest of drawers, or "Chester Drawers", as I like to call it.  I actually remember when I was a kid and found out that Chester Drawers was actually "chest of drawers".  I was shocked!  You mean it's name isn't Chester?

Her swing in the corner.

And some of the fun details....

 A silly photo of her Daddy!

Kylie's bed has a couple of buddies waiting on her.

This cute diaper wreath was hand crafted by Kylie's Aunt Courtney.

And finally, here is a close-up of her name.  I bought these letters in plain white from Hobby Lobby and painted them to match her room colors.

Well, that's it!  It's all ready for Baby Kylie to come home to!  Wish us luck tomorrow!