Thursday, September 29, 2011

All about our little beauty...

My friend and talented photographer Leslie took newborn photos of Kyla Brooke when she was 6 days old. I am pretty thrilled with the way they turned out. I am pretty smitten with her as well.

Big brother adores her. I was worried that he might resent her but he is showing no signs of any sort of feelings like that. He is very gentle with her and constantly wants to touch her and look at her. And he always asks to see her feet - so funny! Speaking of her feet, they are HUGE! They are very skinny, like the rest of her, but they are long and remind me of skis - ha! She has long skinny fingers too. Cayden wants to get in her face to look at her and if her eyes are open, he thinks it's hilarious and laughs.

Kyla Brooke is a really good baby. She usually only cries when she needs something. Even at night when she wakes up to eat, she just grunts and groans for several minutes until I get her. When she does cry, it's not a shrill cry like Cayden had. Thank goodness! She's also starting to coo and we love it! It's so cute!

She is a patient little thing and we are all amazed at how alert she is. She seems to be so curious about everything around her. She opens her eyes really wide and looks around at everything.

She has taken to a pacifier and it's been great. Cayden would never take one. He just got frustrated that nothing was coming out and would start screaming! She really seems to have the need to suck on something and does well with the paci. She is still having some trouble keeping it in her mouth on her own but she'll get it.

She is so strong! She has been lifting her head since she was 2 days old. While we were still in the hospital, she was trying to roll over. She constantly kicks her little legs and is moving her arms. Even the nurses at the hospital were talking about how active she is!

She is a good sleeper. She would prefer sleeping while being held, what baby wouldn't!, but she sleeps pretty good in her cradle and in the swing. She goes anywhere from 2-5 hours (usually 3-4) at night. Since she's a crazy arm mover, we swaddle her up at night and she sleeps good. If we don't swaddle her, she hits herself in the face and wakes herself up.

She's a good eater although she has trouble staying awake so I am working on getting her to eat a full meal instead of just "snacking". We can definitely tell that she is gaining weight though. We are ready for her to get some meat on her bones -- she's so tiny!! My mom and I had to go buy her some more newborn things (which are still big) because we were expecting her to be 8 lbs and didn't have much newborn stuff!

Before she was born, I wondered how it would be possible for me to love someone else the way I love Cayden. I knew that I would somehow but it was still a foreign idea. But now she's here and as a mommy of 2, I can say that I totally do! It's amazing the love that I have for these 2 little people. Life is tiring these days but I feel so so blessed :)

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Birth Story of Kyla Brooke

"It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed." Deuteronomy 31:8

I was scheduled to be induced at 5:00 AM on Friday, September 16th (6 days before my due date). Since Cayden was over 8 lbs & caused me complications during my first delivery, my doctor and I decided the best thing would be to get this baby to come a few days early. Especially since they estimated her to be 6 lbs, 13 oz at my 36 week ultrasound.

I was so nervous and excited on Thursday night that I could hardly sleep. Collin took Tylenol PM to help him sleep and he was out like a light at 8:00. Me, on the other hand, wasn't able to fall asleep until around 10:30 or 11:00. I woke up at 2:00 AM and couldn't go back to sleep so I just got up and took a shower. I got a phone call at 3:00 saying that I had been bumped and not to show up until 7:30. I went back to bed and got a little more sleep before it was time to get ready and head to the hospital.
My last belly shot at 39 weeks, 1 day

We arrived at the hospital right at 7:30 and got put in a room right away. I was already having contractions 2-3 minutes apart and "Nurse Betty" told me that she didn't think I would need much Pitocin, After I signed my life away, she checked me with her giant gorilla hands (seriously, she was awful!!), got the IV in place, and then got the Pitocin started at exactly 8:34 AM. She came in shortly after that and explained that she was going to have to leave and that Danita would be my nurse. I was OVERJOYED! Not that Betty was bad, but Danita had been my nurse for the first part of my labor with Cayden (I was in labor for 18 hours with him so I had 2 nurses) and she was wonderful. Collin and I had been praying about who my nurse would be and I was very hopeful that it would be Danita but knew the chances of that were very slim. Since I was very nervous going into this labor with all of the complications that I had with Cayden, it was a neat reminder that God had gone before me and was there with me. That I had nothing to fear. It brought me such peace. Collin kept commenting on how relaxed I was. God is good.

Danita agreed with my doctor that since this was my second baby, I probably should get the epidural before the doctor came in to break my water. She checked me around 11:00 AM and I was dilated to a 3 and in active labor. I was definitely feeling the contractions but they weren't what I would consider really painful. NOTHING compared to what I felt like with Cayden before I got the epidural. I didn't necessarily want to get the epidural that early but we thought that my doc would be coming by around lunchtime so we decided that I should go ahead and get it. The anesthesiologist came by and did his thing and shortly after my legs started going numb. It was weird to get the epidural without being in tons of pain. I was actually a little more nervous about it this time than I was my first. It took the doc 2 tries to get in between my spine but he finally did and it was over quick - praise Jesus.

Danita waited about 10-15 minutes before she put in the foley catheter. I kept telling her that I could still feel everything around that portion of my body and she assured me it would be fine. Well, I had total feeling "down there" when she put it in. I wanted to cry - catheters are not fun.

Dr. Pritchett came by around lunchtime and broke my water. She had a hard time breaking it. Apparently I had a very thick, healthy water bag. I'm sure you wanted to know that but this is more for me for posterity's sake so sorry if its TMI. She said I was dilated to a 5 and I was thrilled that things were progressing rather quickly. I still had some feeling so I mentioned it to Danita who said we would call back the anesthesiologist if it was still there in a little bit. At 2:00 PM, Danita checked me and said I was dilated to a 7, 90% effaced, and at 0 station. The anesthesiologist came back and gave me a little more numbing juice and I tried to relax before things really started to happen. We were hopeful that the baby would come before dinner time and were excited that it looked like it would happen. We really didn't want another middle of the night baby!

Family brought Cayden in to see me and at first he didn't know what to think about mommy in a hospital bed. The first thing he did was look at my iv and say, "Mommy got a booboo?" We assured him that I was fine and after that, he did great.

My throat was getting pretty sore so I mentioned it to Danita and she said to stop eating ice at 2:30 and she would come in at 3:00 and take my temperature. While she was gone, I started feeling the urge to push. I thought I was progressing more but had no idea how much... At 3:15 Danita hadn't come in yet and I was sure it was almost that time. I had Collin go get her and sure enough, I was dilated 10 centimeters, 100% effaced, and at +2 station. She had me do 1 practice push to see how fast the baby would come and almost as quickly as she told me to push she told me to stop. It was clear this baby was ready and coming fast. She left in a hurry to call my doctor. Not 5 minutes later, Dr. Pritchett walks in followed by the baby catcher (that's what they call her!) and some other hospital staff. I pushed a grand total of 4 times, the heavens opened, the angels sang, and Kyla Brooke Day entered the world.

She came out screaming and we were all laughing at what a good set of lungs she has! She had just a little peach fuzz - so son came out needing a haircut but my daughter doesn't have much hair - ha! It's hard to tell what color her hair is since there's not much of it. We think either dark blonde or light brown. She has gray blue eyes and the cutest little face. She weighed in at 6 lbs, 10 oz and we were shocked at what a small baby she is since they estimated her to be 8+ lbs at delivery.

She got a 9.9 on the apgar (just like her big bro) and seemed to be doing really well. She took to nursing right away (such a blessing because her brother had issues) and did great. Her daddy and I were instantly in love. After a little time went by, family came in and we got to introduce Cayden to his baby sister. As soon as he saw her he said, "I want to hold and love that baby!" He is such a sweet boy and is a very gentle, loving big brother.

He was wearing a cute big brother shirt - I wish we had a better picture of him from that day in this shirt.

Here's Kyla Brooke with my amazing OB - Dr. Pritchett. While I did have to have a 3rd degree episiotomy, this delivery was light years better than my first and Dr. Pritchett released me to go home on Saturday night. Kyla Brooke's pediatrician's office wanted her to stay until Sunday because her blood sugar levels were low after birth. They want it to be above 50 and hers were 47 & 48. They had to supplement her with formula to get her glucose levels up but once she had some formula in her, the levels shot up to 81 and stayed elevated. Praise the Lord! I was sad they had to give her formula but it didn't seem to phase her at all and she continued nursing like a champ.

Cayden was excited to come up and see baby sister on Saturday and got to hold her for the first time. I will treasure this picture and the precious look on his face forever. He was so proud.

Here we are with the wonderful Danita. She was precious and helped to make this special day for our family even better.

We got the ok to be released from her pediatricians office on Sunday morning and by lunchtime, we were headed home. This picture of her in her carseat cracks me up because her headband looks so big. In reality, it's not that big. The flower is only 3 inches in diameter but her head is so small that it looks huge!

Our first photo as a family of 4!

Headed home!

When I think about Kyla Brooke's birth day the theme that keeps coming to mind is the mercy of God. He blessed me with an easy delivery and a healthy baby and we are so thankful! God was just as good back in January of 2009 when we had such a crazy week with the birth of Cayden and we know that He allowed everything that we went through for His good and ultimately our own. And He helped us get through it. We also know that He blessed us with an easy delivery this time and we are praising Him for that! He is good all the time.

I still find it hard to believe that I have a daughter. I am dressing her in rufflebutt pants and bows and just having fun! She's like my own little doll. I get giddy about dressing her everyday - isn't that silly?! She is so precious and I feel like I walk around all the time with the soundtrack "Isn't she lovely?" playing on repeat in my head.

I will update as soon as I can on life at home with 2. I am tired but SO SO blessed!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Kyla Brooke Day

Born September 16, 2011 at 3:34 PM
Weighing 6 lbs, 10 oz and 20.5 inches

She is little bitty and perfect and has stolen our hearts. God has blessed us immensely and we are overflowing with thankfulness at all He has done. I will post her birth story soon.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

School Days

I still have a hard time believing that my first baby is in preschool! We went to Meet the Teacher a couple weeks ago and he did super. He has a couple of great teachers and I know he will have a fabulous year! He goes 2 days a week for 5 hours a day and while I miss him when he's gone, I know the social and educational aspects are going to be so good for him.

Excited to go to Meet the Teacher

Playing in the dress up area

His first day was last week and while we had talked it up a bunch and he seemed excited, the morning did NOT go as planned. We had gone to bed early and tried to do everything that you do on the night before the first day of school.

One of our sprinkler pipes burst at 6:45 AM and so we all woke up earlier than planned, including Cayden. Nothing that morning seemed to go right and even though we woke up early, we still ended up running a little behind schedule. Cayden was tired and did not want to cooperate. This is the only picture I got of him before we left the house. It about sums up the morning!

By the time we got to school he had calmed down but still wasn't in the greatest mood.

When we got into school and outside his classroom, one of his teachers was having to peel a screaming classmate off his momma. I tried to distract Cayden but there's no distracting an already nervous toddler from a screaming, kicking child standing three feet away. We went into the classroom, I helped him put his stuff in his cubbie, and hugged him goodbye. I could see how brave he was trying to be in his little face but as soon as I said bye, he started crying. Broke my heart! I quickly walked out and watched him through the little secret window for a minute. After a couple minutes, he was totally fine and playing.

I had these visions of picking him up and him being so happy to see me - we would go get ice cream after school and it would be a sweet memory. That did NOT happen. When it's time to pick the kids up, they're still napping so they let the parents wake them. Cayden is a great nap taker and does not like being woken up (especially since he was SO tired from waking up early and playing hard) and he did not act happy to see me. He fussed and cried all the way to the car and was in a terrible mood all the way home. We did not get ice cream and it made me sad :( Once we got home, he slowly snapped out of it. I had anticipated a very different first day of school and I went to bed feeling sad and defeated that the day had gone so differently than I planned. I'm sure the crazy pregnancy hormones had nothing to do with that :)

Praise the Lord that His mercies are new every morning. Cayden's second day went better. He still woke up early but the morning was much smoother and I actually got the backpack wearing fireplace picture that I wanted on the first day! We sang happily all the way to school and when it came time to go into his classroom, he walked right in and didn't cry when I left! I was so proud!

He was in a bit of a sour mood when I picked him up but it was better than the first day and he snapped out of it in time for us to get ice cream together on the way home. He was excited to put his artwork on the fridge when we got home. It was a much better day! Here's to hoping this week goes even better!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

38 Weeks - Aaggghhhh!

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 38 Weeks

Size of baby: About 19.75 inches - the size of a watermelon - and weighs around 7 lbs

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 29 lbs - I am right on track to hitting my no-more-than-30 lb's-gained-goal

Maternity Clothes: Except for certain jammies (which are gettin' preeeety snug!) & some of Collin's t-shirts I am all maternity.

Gender: It's a GIRL!

Movement: Her movement has slowed down over the last week. She's running out of room!

Sleep: Not great but I keep reminding myself that it could be worse. Soon, I'll be getting up every little bit with a baby so I'm trying to enjoy all the sleep I can right now!

What I miss: Lots of things about not being pregnant but since I'm in the home stretch, I am trying to enjoy the things that I love about being pregnant. Especially since this may be my last time doing this.

Cravings: Nothing real specific, I'm just hungry! Once I hit 9 months, the hunger finally set in. I am eating lots more these days than I have been this entire pregnancy. I did send Collin to the store for some applesauce that I had to have the other night. And I devoured the entire jar in 2 or 3 sittings.

Symptoms: I think I have almost every symptom out there. My feet are getting ridiculously swollen.

Best Moment this week: Having Cayden (who was in a great mood - a rarity this week!) all to myself this afternoon.

My sweet Cayden is having a rough week. Being the perceptive 2 year old that he is, he's picking up on all the chaos and baby preparations around the house and I know he can tell things are about to happen. He doesn't have a clue how his world is about to be rocked, but he knows something's up. He also started school yesterday for the first time ever. He is going to a great local preschool (I hate using the term "Mother's Day Out" because to me that implies it's like a babysitting service and it's not! They have curriculum and themes and do projects and work on all sorts of things like shapes, colors, letters, they incorporate Spanish, have circle time, etc.). I will try and post details about the first day of school with pictures soon but for the purposes of this quick 38 week update post, let me just say that school - as it is for any child - is going to be an adjustment. On top of that big milestone, Cayden will be joining us in welcoming his baby sister in 8 days! That's right - we are scheduled to be at the hospital for induction on September 16th. For insurance purposes, we are praying that she holds out until then but my doctor (and me!) are trying to avoid some of the issues that I had with Cayden this go around so she wants to induce sooner rather than later. Sooo, we will be meeting this sweet baby in just 8 days (I will be 39 weeks + 1 day). AAGGGHHHH! Suffice it to say, our little man has some major adjustments this month. Extra prayers for him are greatly appreciated. He has been a bit of a handful lately and in these final days of pregnancy, my fuse has been much shorter than normal with him. While I am thrilled about this sweet baby girl and so excited to have her join our family, I am grieving the time that I am losing with just me and Cayden. I have these visions of all these things I want to do with him while it's still just the 2 of us. It seems like nothing I have planned is going the way I envisioned it and it makes me sad - usually because of his attitude lately. I get frustrated. Then I feel bad about it because I know he has so much going on right now and I need to be extra reassuring and loving towards him. It's a weird place to be. Honestly, I could use some prayer too.

As far as baby girl goes, she seems to be doing great. At my 38 week check up today she was measuring 34 weeks but doctor thinks it's just because she's slowly dropping. Last week at 37, she was measuring 35. She's not estimated to be a small baby so I'm not worried about it. Her bedding arrived last week and her room is almost ready. We have to put the vinyl up above her dresser, hang a memo board, and her bow holder, and finish painting the canvas to go above her crib and her room should be done. My dad is coming over tomorrow while Cayden is in school to help me with the first 3 of those things and I'm hoping to get quite a bit done on the canvas over the weekend. I still have some house cleaning to get done, a couple more meals to make and freeze, and Collin needs to pack his bag but other than that - we are ready. I really will post a belly picture soon. We've just been so busy lately we haven't really taken any pics. Shame on us!