Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Past Week Catch Up

This past week was a busy one! Getting ready for Addi's birthday party and we had something almost everyday. I got a mounted flash for my camera and I'm LOVING the higher quality of pictures it takes. 


 This is Addi's creepy face. 

 I put Addi in this little outfit, and she looked adorable, but SO grown. :(
 I got to meet sweet Nathaniel!!!
He is the sweetest thing.
 Outfit courtesy of Suburban Strut's help! 
 On Friday we had Addi's yearly nutrition appointment. She has been doing this since she was 2 months old! It's a really neat study that is 6 years long and it looks at breast fed, formula fed and soy fed babies and compares their growth and brain development. Super cool and for the first year we received free diapers! I'm also involved in another study that looks at second time moms (BF/FF/SF) and it tracks our weight gain and then the babies growth and development up to age 2. It's more of a, if the mom keeps a healthy weight will the child have less of an increase of obesity type study. It's keeping me a little more conscientious of what I'm eating this pregnancy. I haven't had much of an appetite and therefore I haven't gained any weight so far. It shocks me, but we are off to a good start!  

 Addi did SOOOO great. I had Josh come with me, because at her two year visit, we actually had to leave and come back and finish because Addi threw the biggest fit. This time, she was so willing to do everything and did wonderful! We were so so proud. 

This is during brain lab. It looks freaky, but it's just little sponge wires on a cap and she sits there for 30 mintues (while watching Toy Story) and listens to different sounds and it measures brain waves. One of the tests showed pictures of objects/animals and half the time the word would say the right thing that the picture was, but the other times it would be some weird made up word/sound. For some reason one of the words sounded so funny that Josh and I couldn't quit laughing. And once I saw him laughing it made me laugh even harder, but we had to be SO quiet!!!! I had tears and was shaking from the giggle fits. 
 Hand scan.
 During lunchtime, Addi got to play in this super cool room.
 The last two Sundays, we've gone to Buffalo Wild Wings to eat and watch football. My biggest craving this pregnancy has been football. I CAN'T GET ENOUGH. So weird.
 Addi made the biggest mess with her birthday cupcake. EEK.
13 weeks!  
A pretty good week! :)

Monday, September 24, 2012

To Addi on your 3rd Birthday...

Dear Addi, 

How on earth are you three years old?! It seems like yesterday that I thought I was going to have to be induced, but the morning of your birthday, I woke up with fierce contractions. Your daddy and I rushed to the hospital and got all checked in. They told us we weren't leaving, we were having a baby that day! I was so excited and nervous to hear that. I was so ready to meet you, but scared at the same time! 
 So many people were ready to meet you too!
 You gave me such an easy labor and came out within three pushes. You didn't cry right away and that worried me, but the doctor kept saying they didn't want you to cry because you had passed meconium and they didn't want you to aspirate. 
 I remember when they handed you to me, I was just amazed at how wonderful and perfect you were.  At that moment, our worlds changed and a piece of my heart had taken a human, physical form. 
 I fell in love with your Daddy even more.
 We had no clue how much was about to change! Haha!
 You continued to be a sweet and easy baby. You never really cried the whole time we were in the hospital, except when they gave you a bath. 
 This is still one of my favorite pictures.
 You had your daddy wrapped around your finger from day one, little princess. 
 Going home was so surreal. I kept thinking, "we don't know anything about babies, are you sure we can take her home!?"
 So beautiful.

 Our first night at home was so scary. I had no idea what I was doing, my milk hadn't come in and I was scared you were starving. We did everything you're NOT supposed to do, like giving you a bottle, a pacifier, and you slept with us, but we were all happy. And guess what, we all survived too.
 Your first bath was also an adventure. 
 I still can't believe how tiny you were!
 From the start you were a Razorback fan!
 This is the first time you really cried. You were 2 months old and I had eaten wings a few hours before. WHEW!! You literally hadn't cried ever so when you started screaming, we almost took you to the hospital. A quick call to Josh's mom put us at ease when she calmly told us that babies get gas sometimes and we should probably give you some Mylicon and bounce you around to soothe your tummy. Worked like a charm. :) 
 Your first round of shots broke my heart, but you were the bravest little bear.
 You started changing out of that newborn phase and starting looking more like a baby. I remember coming out of that fog and thinking, "okay, we can do this." It was so fun to see you interact more and recognize our faces. 
You've always had such a personality. Total strangers would stop us in the grocery store and compliment how gorgeous you were and you would give them the biggest cheese.  
 I was in shock when you turned one. It was the fastest year of my life!!!
 You continued to thrive and grow!
 And you got even more hilarious. 
 On your second birthday, you got a sweet present from your Papa.
 We added Belle to our family! You and her have been inseparable and best friends.
 I think your goal in life is to make people laugh. You LOVE seeing smiles and you really get a kick out of laughter. I hope you never lose that! 
 You've also always been fearless. A wonderful, yet terrifying trait. 
 You get sweeter and funnier with each day. 
 We found out you are going to be a big sister! I know you are going to be the best big sister in the world. 
Little Bear, we love you more than you will ever know. You've made my biggest dream come true. I hope that you always march to the beat of your own drum. You are such a character and you have the sweetest heart. God has big plans for you angel.  

Love, Mommy and Daddy.

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