Typing is hard to do while holding a baby. Which explains why it has been almost a week since I posted. Not to mention that I've been feeling better and trying to get caught up on some things that hadnt gotten done since the baby arrived. Then there is trying to start a daycare, a much needed (and very expensive) trip to Walmart. And of course, the free pictures at Olan Mills. I must say they get you with those "free" pictures. They do give you those, but then the kid is just so darn cute in the others you end up buying more. I think they will be online in a couple weeks, at which time I'll share them with you. It was an adventure taking her to get her pictures made, mainly because we went to the wrong Macy's first. So then by the time we got to where we were actually supposed to be it was later. She did great during the pictures but when they were done she was HUNGRY. I admit, we still dont have this breast feeding thing down very well...so the thought of covering up and feeding in public was a little daunting. We did manage, and the only other person around was the photographer and she didn't mind. I managed to keep a blanket over us the entire time. Hopefully soon, we get the breastfeeding thing all worked out! I still think it will be weird to feed in public, and will go where I'm not watched too much, but at least I wont have to wonder if I'll even be able to get her on anywhere close to right when I cant see what I'm doing!
We actually made it to church yesterday, for the first time since the baby has been here. I put a really cute outfit (guess what, it was pink:) on her, a bow on her head and we headed off. She slept through the entire service which was wonderful. We had been worried that she would be fussy or get hungry or something but she was great. I didnt get her ready to go quick enough to get her picture before we left and as soon as we got home we went for a diaper change...which ended up in a big mess, complete with a mess all over everywhere so i had to put her in different clothes and so we didnt get a picture. tomorrow I can drive (yippee!) so we are going to go to walmart. later on this week we are going to go to babies r us and olan mills (free picture package) providing the walmart trip goes ok. There are some things I am wanting to get at babies r us that will make holiday travel much nicer, plus just some things that I think would be nice to have for every day.
Now it is bathtime. First Emily, then if she goes to sleep, me.
Since the baby has arrived, I admit, I havent exactly used creative writing skills for my blog, but the baby is so darn cute, pictures are just better;)
She had her first bath the other night. She didn't seem to mind too much but I think the air was a little cold on her, which made her scream a little, but if i kept her somewhat covered she was ok. I dont blame her, I dont like to be cold either!
Cousin Rebecca enjoyed holding our girls. I'm not sure which of the three of them was more relaxed!Here's a picture of Big Emily and baby Emily from Saturday.
Emily had lots of company this weekend. Aunt Diane and Rebecca came on Friday to take us to the doctor, and then Rebecca got to spend the night. Sixteen year olds have a much greater ability to stay up late than 29 year olds! Although it was nice because I actually got some rest while Rebecca held her. Then yesterday was a very busy day. Big Emily and Jason came by to see her, and helped me out a great deal by taking Bootskitty's things to my sister so that I dont start crying every time I walk past them. Anyway, they got to see the baby for a while before my in-laws showed up. Then Diane and her family came. Here are some pictures that Diane took yesterday. I will have some with Big Emily and ones we took later. Today, Drew and Edith stopped by, with casseroles and cookies and the works, which will be a great help! We were hoping to make it to church, but we were simply too tired and not quick enough at getting everyone ready to get there today. By next week I'm hoping to feel good as new and be able to get around a little faster. For all of you out there (Amanda, Megan, Steph...) that I know have had cesareans, how long till the pain stops? Part of it is alleviated by being naked where nothing is rubbing, but I'm not used to hurting and I'm ready for it to stop!
It's been a long day, my diaper is wet, I'm hungry and tired!
Rebecca, are you sure you know what you are doing??
There's a dog with really bad breath on the other side of me!
Before becoming a mother, I never thought I'd get excited by getting three uninterupted hours of sleep, only to wake up before the baby ready to go check on her because she'd slept so long. Never had I gotten excited over eating an entire meal while she sleeps. And never did I think I wouldnt really care if I had to get up with her from sleeping or eating because she is the most precious thing in the whole world. I've only got a week and a half until I can drive too. I hate being dependent on other people to have to take me places. And it is very exciting to get back into pants that dont have the word maternity on them anywhere!
Yesterday the fire marshall inspector came to the house (only 24 hours late. He'd written it down wrong but at least he came). We have to add a few smoke detectors and fire extinguishers and if we are going to use the basement, we have to add a door. That is just a little bit of an undertaking, but we'll see. We are checking into what it would take to get that done. In an hour, the lady from the sanitation department is coming to do that inspection and then next wednesday the lady from the state is coming to do that initial inspection. I'm sure they will all three have to return, but at least we are making progress. We got some signs ordered for advertisement, now we just have to see how it all works out.
Before she comes, however I need to put some diapers in the washing machine, some dishes in the dishwasher and pick up a few things, plus I'd like to feed teh baby to keep her satisfied during the inspection. Then later we have to go to the doctor for a week checkup for the baby and while we are there, the doctor is going to check my incision too.
And typing isnt getting anything done. So I'm going.
The last eight days have been very educational, I've learned some very important things.
Lesson #1: Sneezing while someone is cutting you open makes an incision that takes much longer to heal.
Lesson #2: When people say that babies may eat every hour or two, they don't mean that the baby will eat and wait two hours. They mean two hours or less from the start of one feeding to the start of another.
Lesson #3: Sleeping while sitting up is better than not sleeping at all.
Lesson #4: Pets are wonderful, but the amount you love them is nothing compared to the love for your child.
Lesson #5: Having a sick pet when hormones are going crazy should get my husband lots of sympathy. He's great for putting up with me! (If you don't know, Boots kitty, my cat since I've been "grown up" isn't doing well at all and I'll actually be amazed if he makes it much longer.)
Lesson #6: Cloth diapers aren't as bad as everyone says.
Lesson #7: I did vote absentee, although from the election results almost everything went opposite of what I voted. However I do live in a state that was only a few thousand votes different on the presidential election.
Lesson #8: People that are supposed to come to do inspections don't always arrive on time (22 minutes late and counting...and I have the baby asleep, but she will probably be waking before long, I hope he hurries up!)
Lesson #9: Pain doesn't matter whenever you are holding such a precious gift in your arms.
Lesson #10: Ten pounds isn't much! Many things in my life weigh more than that and I'm not supposed to pick them up...It is hard!
Lesson #11: Watching my husband hold our daughter is my favorite sight in the world.
Ok, I haven't uploaded photos for today, maybe later, I'm still hoping the inspector guy (daycare inspection) comes soon....hope he didnt forget about me!
There are many things in this life we will never understand, why bad things happen to good people but then there are other questions too. Why God chose to give us such a perfect little girl to raise, is something that we are very thankful for, but don't completely understand. Nine months went by so fast, and I can't believe how beautiful she is. I'm tired and sore, but I wouldnt trade her for anything! So now, the moment you've all been waiting for...more pictures. I havent gotten them all off the camera yet so as I feel up to it and am not busy feeding I'll probably add more.