Thursday, October 22, 2009

Cow Lick

When the nurse first saw Madelyn, she said that she looks just like daddy, and so far I agree.

One piece of evidence, they share a cow lick in the front of their hair.

And similar expressions!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Saturday, October 17, 2009


Doesn't Elyse look like a giant!!!

Madelyn can suck her thumb!

So can Elyse!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Birth of Madelyn--A Rundown of the Day(s)


2:20 We meet Nana at the airport. No more worries about the baby arriving before her!

5:30 Dinner at Carrabas. I ate lots of pasta. Carb load which leads to lots of energy over the next 24 hours. Who knew I would need it!

7:00 Home to watch the Cardinal's game on TV. They lose. Boo. (Yeah for Shirley!)

7:22 pm Posted on Facebook by Andrea:Nana is in town! Madelyn officially has permission to arrive!

10:00 pm I got up to have my mom feel my belly. I was having what I thought was a Braxton-hicks contraction and I wanted her to feel how hard my tummy is. As I was standing there, I felt a gush. My water broke! Off to the hospital!!

12 am Sunday: Check into to Labor and Delivery. I was checked at only 3 cm! I was bummed because I had been at 3 cm at the doctor's office on Friday. Madelyn is really high up. I think we might be in labor for awhile. Dennis and I tried to get some rest.

2:30 Another nurse came in to check me. At 4 cm and Madelyn was still REALLY high. But, soon after she left, I started feeling some real contractions.

3:15 am. I asked the nurse if it is to early to get an epidural. She said she would call anesthesia. Heavy contractions continued.

3:30 I got an epidural. Throughout the 15 minutes or so I had some hard contractions. I tried to imagine my uterus pushing the baby down. Once they were done, I felt like something was happening. I also really had to pee and kept asking for a catheter. So one seemed to hear me.

3:45 I was checked and it turned out that the baby was right there and I was ready to push. FAST!!! My doctor wasn't there yet so some hospital doctor came in. I couldn't understand anything he was saying because of his mumbles and accent. My doctor came in finally and I started pushing. The epidural kicked in except for one spot on my left side. It killed!!! I started saying those things you hear women in labor say that I never thought would come out of my moth.

4:00 Dennis told me that he could see hair. It was a big motivation to keep going! Madelyn's pulse dropped a few times during contractions so they used a vacuum to pull her out.

4:07 Madelyn landed on my chest! She is beautiful! I really couldn't believe that we made it through the VBAC!!! I sort of doubted it the whole way. I felt shock more than anything else. They checked her, cleaned us both up and I got to hold her.


6:30 am Dennis goes to McDonalds to get us breakfast. It tastes delicious!

10:30 Elyse and Nana come to meet Madelyn.

Sunday and Monday:
Hang out with our baby girl! And, eat this special steak lunch provided for new parents by the hospital.

Tuesday morning:
Head home from the hospital
Here is Dennis sleeping in the hospital. The only complaint about the hospital...this bed was REALLY HARD! I actually slept on the couch they had for the daddies because it was way more comfortable than my bed. We got funny looks every time someone came into the room!

We're now home and things are going great. Madelyn is really one of those babies that only cries occasionally when she wants to eat or wants her diaper changed. I feel GREAT!! Definitely a little sore down there but nothing compared to how I felt after the c-section. I can sit up by myself, walk upstairs, etc.

Elyse has been really great too. Yesterday she brought Madelyn stickers to put all over her bed. This morning she went to Madelyn's bed and asked her if she could have some back. Very considerate.

We are truly blessed.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

She's Here!!

Already a perfectly obedient child, Madelyn Joy arrived into the world on Sunday, Oct 11!!

Everything went as well as possible. My mom flew in on Saturday afternoon, we went to dinner, watched the Cardinals game and then my water broke. The timing couldn't have been more perfect!!

Here are some pictures for now. I'm sure there will be lots more and I'll write the whole birth story for posterity's sake.

We're so happy to have her home. She is a beautiful, calm baby. So far, she only cries when she is hungry.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Shot of Madelyn

I've been measuring a little small in the tummy (not on the scale!) the past few weeks at the doctor so she wanted me to get an ultrasound just to make sure everything is A-OK. I went yesterday and Madelyn looks great. They estimated her at 6 lbs 15 oz. She is small by just a week, but she was at the 20 week ultrasound too.

Here is a picture from the ultrasound. It's fun to have a shot from so late in the pregnancy because you can see her pretty little face. We can't wait to meet her! Look at those lips!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Elyse!!!

Today Elyse turned two!! It is certainly hard to believe we can now say we have a two year old! Nuts!!!

We started out the day with a trip to IHOP. She liked the smiley face on the pancake but wasn't interested in eating it.

We celebrated her birthday with a party at one of the neighborhood parks with pizza, snacks and cupcakes. Thank you everyone for coming out and for the great presents too. The weather was perfect and we had a great time. Here are some shots!

Elyse wants a beer and thought the legal drinking age is two here.

She had to settle for a juice box.

We couldn't get the lighter thing to work at first so we sang to her with an unlit candle.
But then it did work and we lit the candle and sang to her again. She was thrilled to hear the birthday song twice (and that's why she has chocolate on her face!)

Maybe our last family picture of three for awhile!!!!

Happy birthday, big girl! We love you so much. You bring so much joy to our life everyday!!!!

Thursday, October 1, 2009