Tuesday, September 30, 2008
2. What's on my To-Do list today? I have got to go to the grocery store because my WIC vouchers expire tomorrow. Otherwise, the same thing that's on my list every day: Lee, Anna, Anna Anna, Lee, Cody, Lee, Anna, Lis--no, Anna, Lee...
3. What if I was a Billionaire? I'd buy a plane and hire Mark to fly it. Of course, if I was a billionaire, that would mean that the economy had gone so funny that inflation had given me that kind of money, so I couldn't afford a plane in the first place.'
4. Places I have lived? Tsaile, Arizona for a few weeks, Eugene Oregon, Moscow Idaho, Minot North Dakota, and my cute little house now.
5. I tag? Bridget and Raychel, but only if they want to.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Hm, while sitting down here to post, I just found my Smith's Card that Lee pulled out of my purse a while ago and and I've been missing. Ha! One more reason to shirk my housework and play on the blog--you find things that have been missing.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Annalisa is 2 weeks old now. At her doctor appointment yesterday she weighed in at 7 lbs, 7 oz and was 20 1/4" long. That's almost exactly Lee's birth size, but but she seems so much stronger and bigger (probably because she is!) than Lee was. Doc said at this point they hope to see birth weight or maybe a few ounces bigger, and Anna is 6 oz higher than birth weight, so she's growing very well.
So far, we've discovered that she much prefers breastfeeding to a bottle. Whenever we try to give her a bottle because it's late and I want to sleep or something like that, she makes a funny face. Her hair is starting to lighten and now is a rich chocolate brown instead of the black it was when she was born. Also, her eyes are getting a little lighter. She is a good baby and is getting a good habit of sleeping in 4 hour intervals at night, with only a 1/2 to 1 hour wake-up to eat.
In other random news, a funny story. I was feeding Annalisa and the phone rang. I couldn't get to it, and Cody was shaving. In 4 rings the answering machine picked up and I thought "darn. Maybe they'll leave a message." When Cody was done shaving I had him go check the machine, and there was one message. It was this cute little boy's voice saying "Bye!" We found Lee in our bedroom playing with the cell phone. He'd somehow called our house phone and left a message. Mind you, we're pretty careful with the cell, and Cody usually keeps it in his pocket--except when he's getting ready for the day. Funny Lee. Now he likes to listen to his message over and over and say "Bye!" to himself.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Today as I was walking with my mom I tripped and fell. I had Annalisa in my Snuggli carrier on my front, and as I saw the ground coming closer, it was one of those weird slow-motion times and through my mind raced "My baby!" so I flung myself sideways, landing on my knees and hip, instead of flat on my belly. So now I have a band-aid on my knee. When I stood up again after this spectacular crash, I checked Anna to see if she was okay. Of course, she was totally zonked out and looked happy as a clam. Go figure.
Both our kids have had doctor appointments in the past 2 days. Both are growing well and are in good health. Lee is now 29 lbs, and Annalisa is 7 lbs, 7 oz (Lee's birth weight).
I think I'm coming to that point in the postpartum recovery where the newness has worn off and I'm ready to feel like a woman again instead of just a milk-making-baby-caring-trying-to-keep-the-kids-healthy mom machine. Of course, it's the same point as you realize that you can't just take off for a quick me moment, and it starts to bug you. I need to get cooking again--that's always been my best release.
Alright, enough whining. I can only make up for it with a cute movie.
ps--be grateful. Yesterday I had 3/4 of a post written about politics and the $700 billion bailout, but I deleted it. :)
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Last night was the season 3 premier, and we even stayed up 15 minutes after Anna went to sleep so that we could finish watching. Wahoo--we're living on the edge! We were not disappointed at all, and I'm excited for the next episodes. The best part of watching Heroes, though, is not the Japanese for Cody or the cool effects, or the awesome plot, or the references to Star Trek; it's spending an hour together as a couple, just snuggling and not worrying about dishes or work. So, Happy Heroes Day!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Today I am wearing my non-maternity pants. Can you believe it? Me neither. But I am! Plus, I weighed myself to find that I am 1 pound lighter than my pre-Anna weight. Now, granted, that's still high (I have never been a "skinny" person, and I am well aware of that fact) and I have got to keep up my exercise and eating habits, but I'm feeling good, and apparently it's showing! Not to mention that a few days ago I was able to take off my wedding ring to clean it for the first time in almost a year. Thanks mom, for encouraging me to get exercising regularly, and thanks Annalisa for helping me crave fruits and vegetables (and for coming out so I could actually see the results of my efforts). In case you didn't know, I'm working on a personal goal to walk the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure (breast cancer) 5 K next May. Not that walking a 5K requires a lot of training, but I'm using it as my exercise goal: if I walk regularly and get in better shape, I get to reward myself with a trip to the race and a night on the town. Should be fun.
All together now--
Hip Hip Hooray!
Hip Hip Hooray!
Hip Hip Hooray!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
In case you didn't know, Lee absolutely adores going to church. On Sundays we put on his tie and he struts around the house, asking when we can leave. He goes to the Nursery and plays with the kids and the toys, then talks about church all week long. It's very endearing.
Today is Annalisa's first time to church. We'll see how it goes. I hope to stay the whole 3 hours, but I've told Cody to not make me feel bad if I ask to go home. It's a good thing we live less than a block away--I can go and leave Cody and Lee there if I need to. We'll keep Anna wrapped up away from too many strangers, don't worry.
Friday, September 19, 2008
We're still doing well. I've been thinking about my recovery after I had Lee and remembering that it was 3 or 4 weeks before I wasn't sore any more, how I developed inflamed scar tissue and polyps that were very painful, how my back would have horrible spasms of pain that would leave me doubled over the toilet despite 4 extra strength ibuprofen AND 4 extra strength tylenol...I thought it was normal. I'm finding out now that it was NOT normal and that my body can do this having-a-baby thing. This morning I even felt good enough to go walking with my mom again. It felt nice to get fresh air and to stretch my legs and back. Annalisa loved it too, all wrapped up in my jacket in her baby carrier. Lee has always adored walking with us in his stroller.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Happy 1 week birthday, Annalisa! It's interesting how my mind has created a whole new life with the baby here. It's like there's this line between having 2 kids and being pregnant. I'm sure anyone with children understands.
I'm happy to announce that I can see my toes! I can bend over! My back and hips don't ache any more! Yay! Of course, my arms are fuller, but I am much, much happier now that Annalisa is out. I've been marveling at the miracle of a healthy baby. Truly the Lord blessed me with the miracles I needed, not the ones I asked for. I wanted to get pregnant shortly after we started trying, not 9 months later (which is what happened). But then I viewed this pregnancy as a miracle, rather than just a pregnancy. I wanted to go into labor on my own. But the Lord instead gave me a much quicker and far easier and uncomplicated labor, which has taught me that I am not a "broken" woman. On top of it all, I have a beautiful, healthy baby who is a champion nurser (sorry if you're offended by that). YES! I'm no longer pregnant.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
We're doing pretty well. So far today we've all managed to get dressed, eat, and take naps (even mom!). Last night Lee had a pretty good tantrum at dinner. Food time seems to be his rebellion, and it makes sense--since Anna came home, we've had unusual eating habits and I've been snacking more.
OK, so much for the 10 minute idea. It was more like 2. Since I started this post, Lee's already pinched his finger on the staircase somehow, then stepped in a bowl of dirty turtle-cleaning-water that Cody left out, the said turtle is hungry, and now Lee is trying to attack Annalisa (nicely). See ya!
Monday, September 15, 2008
We chose the name Annalisa Karin for our daughter. Back in early February, about a month after we found out we were pregnant, I got a phone call from my wonderful Grandma H--my mom's mom. She said she had had a dream that I'd had the baby and it was a girl. Grandma H has had 8 great-grandsons and 1 grandson in a row, and gently teased us about giving her a girl this time. Anyway, the dream was special to her and she told us that in the dream I had said, "Grandma, this is Annalisa." Grandma and I laughed for a bit, but I decided I really liked the name Annalisa. In April when we found out that we were indeed having a girl, we quickly settled on this name as our final choice. Annalisa really is a perfect name, though, as it is a compilation of Ann, my mother's middle name, and Lisa, my name (of course). It also has German origins, in honor of my German ancestors who we've been researching recently and who I've felt very close to during the past year.
As for the middle name Karin, this is another special name and special story. You may notice the different spelling with an i instead of an e. This is because we named her in honor of my Aunt Karin (my mom's baby sister), Annalisa's Great-Aunt. Karin has always been an influence for good in my life--when I was a little girl it was she who inspired me to first write music and eventually want to be a music teacher. When I came to college, Karin and I became especially close. Because Grandma and Granddad H went on a mission my sophomore year, Karin graciously still held family dinners on Sunday. Shortly after that, Cody and I started dating and I brought him with me to those dinners. Karin was a motherly figure during a very vunerable time of my life--when I was choosing my eternal companion. She helped me more than she knows during that time, and has always been an inspiration of true and virtuous womanhood to me. It wasn't long after Cody and I started thinking about children--back before Lee was born--that I decided to name our first daughter after her. Karin has no children of her own, and I wanted to make sure her name and her legacy would be passed to our children.
So, Annalisa Karin is a combination of 3 special names, from 4 generations (plus) of faithful, dedicated women. I hope I can raise her as well as my mother raised me, and my grandmother, my great-grandmother, and all the wonderful women who have been a part of my life.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Lee is enjoying having Annalisa home. He loves to help out--I knew that he would, and that giving him important (but 2-year-old-doable) jobs would be the key to his accepting the baby. Today he's helped hold and feed her, he's done the dishes, and as you can tell, cleaned up. I hope I can keep up all the praise and affection he needs without burning out. I'm a firm believer in the "Power of Positive Parenting" theory: pour praise and attention on a child who is behaving well, so that when a misbehavior happens, negative attention will not be a reward. It's worked well with Lee so far, and I want to continue that with him and with Anna.
Last night went pretty well. Annalisa has a tendency to spit up if she's laid flat on her back, so Cody and I are watching that closely. Because of the high bilirubin, the doctors recommended really pushing her to eat. We nursed and supplemented a little formula, but she really likes to suck hard and would over eat, then spit up a lot, so it took us some work to figure out her signals and get into a little rhythm. I took the first shift, then Cody took over about 1. He's such a great dad and husband; after that he let me sleep. I woke up once at 4 and nursed her, then went back to sleep until 7. So I feel good, I'm not so sure how Cody's feeling...
This morning we got ready and did the traditional errand runs for post partum. I had to get more mommy supplies, we had to take Annalisa to the lab to get her bilirubin tested, prescriptions needed to be filled, etc. But we're back home now, Annalisa is asleep on my lap, Cody and Lee are eating lunch and calling the doctor, and things are going well. I'm going to go spell Cody now and make him take a nap.
Friday, September 12, 2008
We're home! This is Lisa again. I know you'll miss the typo-s. I wouldn't have minded the extra day of pampering I could have got if I'd asked for it, but I was sick of the nurses coming in every couple of hours to check my blood pressure and waking me up. And I missed Lee. So, we kind of rushed the coming home process and left the hospital just over 24 hours had passed from Anna's birth.
Now let me tell you some of my feelings. The labor and delivery was amazing--I was shocked. I was totally expecting a repeat of Lee's long, arduous ordeal. I thought because I'd gone overdue again, that Anna would have the same quirky problems with eating etc. So I was totally floored when I'd just barley got my epidural and the doc told me I was already at a 5; then even more excited when the nurse let me know I was at a 9. She came quickly after that too--I was expecting at least half an hour of pushing, but it was 10 minutes.
Cody never said this--Annalisa Karin was 7 lbs 1 oz, 19" long. She has a cute round face and loves to open her eyes and look at things. She doesn't cry much (yet) and is a fantastic nurser--she latched on within a few minutes of being born. When she was discharged her bilirubin was just a little bit high, so we'll go get it checked again. Lee did the bili-lights, so we've been down this road before.
After all the worry, the fear, and the depression I was going through at the end of the pregnancy, I am now filled with joy and peace. Our daughter is absolutely gorgeous. She is truly a gift from God, and I have been thanking Him constantly since the second she was born. The doctors were suprised by her health and mine, and things are going very well. Thanks for all your comments, phone calls, prayers, and support. We could feel you all with us throughout the labor, and know that it was the combined faith of all our friends and family that gave us this miracle.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
11:50 No doctor yet. Contractions are getting stronger and she is having to breath heaver now. It hurts her for a few seconds and then it is over for another few minouts.
12:29 Lisa is sitting on a birthing ball, which seems to help. Contractions are deffinatly more strong. Grandma and Lee are expected to show up for lunch soon.
12:49 The epideral was just placed. It was not as hard as the first time with Lee, but it did take two tries. Lisa was a champ and hung in very well with it. Mom F and Lee just showed up; Lisa is happy to see them.
1:02 The doctor just checked, and Lisa is at a 5 and 90 percent efaced. Much faster than the first time. We are trying to get the monitor that goes on the baby's head on, but it is not staying...he just put in the second one and it is working now.
2:38 Now the movie is over! What are we going to do? Lisa has thrown up a few times. Right now she is feeling pretty good, but having pretty consistant contractions. They do have Lisa on oxygen and they had turned off and on the pitocin to keep contractions where they want them. She accidently pulled out the oxygen just bairly which made a huge hissing sound and also scaired me half to death. I am much more relaxed with this labor than with Lee's.
2:47 The nurse just checked Lisa...they said she is at a 9 to 9 and a half. about a half an hour before delivary preperations. wow! It is comming fast now. Wish us luck.
3:00 PM The nuses just got switched out. Baby's heart rate is at 150. usually it has been about 135 or so. The delivary table has been brought in. Lisa is just lying on the bed waiting now.
3:11 Lisa is feeling a lot of pressure down there. She is having hart burn so she would like to take a tums. I think she is worried why no nerses are in here helping her and I am just sitting here typing. Our nurses name is Wendi.
3:15 we are pushing for the first time now. we are pushing for the first time now.
7:57 The nurse was amasingly able to put in the IV with no problems...wierd. Last time it took like 5 nurses. Lisa is on pitocin and she is going to titrate it to what the nurse thinks she needs. Lisa has been very excited and wanting to have the baby. The doctor is going to be checking in a few min. so I will let you know how that goes. By the way, I am typing this on my palm, so not all the features are the same as a regular 4 G hertz 3 G RAM supercomputer...just pretty close. Lisa is now getting ready to put on Pride and Prejudice the extra long A and E version. Nurse just checked out Lisa and said she is now at a 2 cm and 50 percent efaced.
8:05 When we came in this morning Lisa came to the sign in nurse saying "yes, I am ready, lets get this baby out." Melissa is our Nurse and was the one able to get the IV in good. Now we will take a picture.
8:32 No news yet. She is having mild contractions and trying to take a nap. The baby seems to be just fine where she is.
8:45 "A single man of good fortune must be in want of a wife." The baby's heart stoped, but I think it is because of the monitor fell off. Everything seems just fine. The Nurse just put the patosin up a little and Lisa is feeling contractions.
9:07 She is turning up the pitocin every half hour and just turned it up. "She should show more affection then she feels, if she is to secure him" The Doctor is to come sometime within an hour or two.
9:14 The doctor just boke Lisa's water. everything seems to be just fine.
10:24 Contractions are getting stronger, but progession I think is not yet very far along.
11:04 So far we are doing great. The doctor has not checked on us the second time yet. They are waiting until they think there is progression.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
In 24 hours, unless my bad luck strikes again, I will be in labor! Thanks to my wonderful 2 mothers, I am ready. They came over yesterday and cleaned the house--the dishes, the bathroom, and an extensive kitchen cleaning including the refrigerator (yuck) and the microwave. Last night before bed Cody and I shampooed the carpet in the kitchen, so today it looks fantastic and I know everything is sanitary and ready to go. The battery for my camera is charged, the bags are packed, I have a list of phone numbers that I've double checked are in our cell phone (which we have now upgraded to unlimited minutes) and are backed up on paper, we've checked to see if Cody's palm pilot is strong enough to post on our blog through the hospital's free WiFi... Yep, I think it's time to "Get my baby out!"
Today's plan is going to be a me day. I am going to do a spa with my mom and sister, then eat a fantastic meal with family, and just relax and take naps the rest of the day. While I'm very excited for this pregnancy to be over and to have my little girl outside of me, I know that today is my last day of 1 child. So, be excited. The next few posts will be dedicated to labor, delivery, and newborns!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
My goal today is to get the house all ready for the baby's birth. That means cleaning and shopping, so it will be all sanitary and well-stocked. Since I hope to send Cody back to work on Monday, I need to have everything ready I can before I pop this kid out.
And now, for your great enjoyment:
My mom and dad edited together this little video for my wedding montage. On it is the famous Christmas nativity scene of my brother Matthew and I. Listen for me to say, "I'm going to get my baby out!" That was my favorite line during my pregnancy with Lee, and I feel the same way again. Don't feel bad about fast forwarding through the first half. You know, unless you want to watch it....
Monday, September 8, 2008
Lee and Axton Playing together while mommies work
Lisa, Kristin & Axton, Lee and Mom F. Missing from this picture, besides the ones that got cut off, are the last 14 that were still processing.
And now my check-in. Yep, still here! 5 days past due-date. 3 more days until I'm induced. I have tomorrow and Wednesday planned out too, so hopefully the time will go by quickly. No contractions, no water breaking, no nothing. Gotta go have Family Home Evening now, I'll post again tomorrow.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Random thought #4: isn't so random, I suppose. I'm still pregnant, yesiree. This is a picture of me this morning, 4 days past my due date. Mount Everest, I told you. 4 more days until my induction, and while I'm still not happy about it, I think I'm starting to accept it. Today is church and family dinner, tomorrow I'm bottling peaches with my mom, then Tuesday and Wednesday I don't have much planned. I should make sure the laundry is done, the house is clean, and the fridge is appropriately stocked. Then, I think I'll do a spa day here at the house (anyone care to join me?) on Wednesday. I need to make sure my fingernails, toenails, and eyebrows are ready--not to look cute, but just so that I don't have to mess with them for a while. Of course, knowing my luck, they probably won't let me in on Thursday anyway. If that happens, I very well might march in and demand an induction, then sit in the waiting room until they let me in.
So long for now--this is our last Sabbath without Annalisa!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Well, Lee just came in saying "Help, Help!" So I better go, I guess. Just wanted you to all know that I'm still pregnant (3 days past due-date now), so don't get excited yet.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Meanwhile, here's my daily check-in. Still here, still pregnant. Today I'm going to work on laundry and cleaning the bathroom. I had them done for the "last time" a week ago, and now they have to be done again. Cody's mowing the lawn. Again, same story.
Here's a cool thing you can check out: http://www.cpd.usu.edu/game. I've also put a link in my "Quick Links" section to your right. My dad is the director of the CPD (Center for Persons with Disabilities) and has finished putting together this fun game. It's a trivia-style game, meant to help increase fact recall, vocabulary, and test taking skills. As you play, money is earned for scholarships and other CPD projects. Cody's also helping the CPD right now find sponsors for the game, so you can see 2 men-in-my-life's work in action.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I'm so frustrated with being pregnant STILL. Dr. Benedict had no news. And no news is bad news. I'm barely dilated to a 2 and was too tight for him to strip my membranes. Instead of scheduling another weekly checkup, we scheduled an induction. The soonest they could possibly do it is Thursday--not tomorrow, but a week from: September 11. Once again, GAAAH! I was really really hoping to be no longer pregnant in less than a week. Don't I get ANY say in when this child will be born, and when I will have my body back? I've had a lot of people tell me that I "look good" for being as far along as I am. Well, at least that's something. At least my hair isn't falling out in chunks and I don't have stress wrinkles. And I never did swell up like I did with Lee.
Please excuse me now, I need to go find something to scream into.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Pictures: 1) Lee with cousin Axton, playing in the "clubhouse." 2) Lisa painting baseboard in her 2-days-until-due-date stage. 3) Lisa's sister Sara dancing while caulking the bathroom.