I married my best friend on August 9, 2008. We moved to La Habra, California on August 15, 2008 and moved back home to Arkansas on May 18 2010. We are expecting our first, a little girl on May 8, 2011!
Milena had another visit with Dr.Rhoads on Friday the 10th. It was a great visit minus the shots. She weighs 11 lbs 10.8 oz. and is 23 inches long. He said she was doing great. She was so upset when they gave her the shots. It was so hard after they gave her the shots because she just kind of whimpered and looked up at me with her big blue tear filled eyes, like why did you let them do that to me! I was nervous we were going to have a looooong fussy night, but she did really well. She slept like a champ until 5:45, when she was to excited for her cousin's 2nd birthday party to sleep!
Oh my goodness! What 3 months of life has brought us! Milena is such a good baby. She is so much fun! Milena loves to copy what we do. I am sure all babies do this, but it is new to us. She loves to sing with mommy and blow her lips with daddy. She is so alert and demands attention with her eyes. It is adorable. When we are all three sitting on the couch and I am holding her and Stephen is playing his video games or watching tv she will stare him down until she gets a smile! She giggled out loud on Monday night for the first time, I had just finished nursing her and kind of rubbed her ribs with my fingers when she started giggling. It was precious! She loves her little security animal blankies (if that's what you call them). We received so many as gifts. She loves to hold on to them and will chew on them too.
I know this post is very RANDOM! being that I haven't blogged in 2+ years. I just read over Milena's birth and felt that this was the best thing I could do for Madeline. I wish I would have had more time to blog each month of Milena's life. Pretty sad I only made it a few months.
I'm going to give a quick rundown of the pregnancy thus far. Baby #2, another surprise. I had no clue I was pregnant. Started having some really odd symptoms. THey started with a gush of fluid,some bleeding, what appeared to be mucous plug, and feeling like I had the flu. So finally, after the gush of fluid and mucous plug I decided maybe I should take a pregnancy test. The normal symptoms of pregnancy must have been masked because I was still nursing Milena. I took the test on February 13. That was the first time I had actually thought I was pregnant. I sank to the floor in tears when I saw the test, afraid I had had a miscarriage. I called my doctors office in a panic to get an appointment. That is when they confirmed I was indeed pregnant. They did an ultrasound and I had lots of bleeding and what appeared at first to be a possible ectopic pregnancy as well as a uterine pregnancy. They told me that they may have to perform surgery if it was an ectopic pregnancy. They finally decided that it was a cyst. So between the pain of the cyst and how awful I felt from the hemorrhage I felt awful. We had many ultra sounds at first to make sure the baby was okay and that the tear closed up. She is such a fighter, thats for sure! Time went by and everything got better. We tried to find out the gender for Milena's birthday, so we could announce it with both families there, but we were not able to, because our doctor was stuck in two deliveries so we had to see the nurse practitioner. So we saw the doctor at our next visit. He tried to do an ultra sound to tell us and the baby would not participate. So we had to wait to find out, once again! So at our gender ultrasound, they confirmed the doctors results, that it was a GIRL. We shared the news with our families, just like we did with Milena. We used a monkey sock jack in the box and told our families at father's day.
It was then time for my diabetes check. I once again failed the first test, and had to go back and do the 3 hour test! I FAILED this one too! They told me the news that day as I finished the test that I did indeed have gestational diabetes. I was all by myself, since I was scheduled to be there all morning. I cried like a baby! I felt so responsible and was afraid that Madeline was going to be a monster baby! My doctor probably thought I was crazy.
Once I met with the diabetes educator and started checking my sugars I felt better. When I found out, I had to wait about a week or two to get my glucometer. I only ate chicken and broccoli at first. I was so afraid to eat anything with carbs. Once I figured out what I could eat, how it was controlled I was much better. I actually lost 3 pounds in the first 2 weeks after I started monitoring my sugar. I only gained one pound that whole month-now at 37 weeks. At 36 weeks, I was dilated 1 and effaced maybe 20%. At my 37 week appointment, I was dilated 2 and effaced 60%. After my doc checked me this time, I started having more cramping, vaginal pain. Right now I'm praying she waits until Sept. 23! He is on call, and the girls will share the 23rd of their birth months! Which I think is kind of neat! We shall see if she will wait til Monday. At this point I am thinking she will. But I am not sure they will have to induce-On Oct.1. We will see. Either way, I'm hoping she is either born on Sept. 23 or Oct.1. We are very excited. Milena is pumped to see her sister. She loves to hug my belly and say, "hi baby sister," "come out Mini-Me," "I love you, sister." So stinking sweet! Tomorrow morning is our shower that some of the ladies from our church are giving us. I am so thankful that they want to shower Madeline with love. At this point I will go for now. Hopefully I will update soon with a delivery and pics, or at least more news!
Well, this is a catchup post! She is really getting ready to be 3 months! I know that I will probably say this every time Milena reaches another month in life, but I really can't believe how quickly she is growing. We just adore our sweet girl. Life is for sure different and in some was a lot more complicated, but with the smiles this girl can give all of that fades away. She is such a sweet baby. She absolutely loves to cuddle. I know I said I wouldn't let her sleep in our bed, but oh how I love waking up with her all cuddled next to me. It is the prettiest site, even though my elbow is killing me because I have had it bent all night so her little head can lay right next to me, well on me! =) At about two and a half weeks she decided she LOVES her swing. She still enjoys her bouncer. Her nana and papa have been spoiling her by bringing home two bounces from garage sales. They are both different, but I think she loves them both.
When she smiles, her whole body smiles. I LOVE IT! It will melt your heart. One of our friends getting ready to have their first baby (after trying for almost 3 years) asked what one of the best things about being parents was and Stephen and I both answered, that her smiles were our favorites. It brings tears to our eyes!
I put her in her bumbo seat for the first time about 2 wks ago and got her stuck! Her thighs are a little chunky! She has been wearing size 2 diapers for about two weeks. She is still wearing 3-6 month clothing. Some things are getting a little snug. Stephen weighed her yesterday and said she weighs 14lbs. She has started grabbing a hold of hair, her burp cloths or her blankies. She is a drooling queen. Poor baby drools so much she chokes on her slobber. She is great at blowing bubbles and making sound effects. She still has blue eyes. We are still wondering if they will change. She loves to stand when you hold her. She doesn't have a very good base because she stands on her own feet. She would make a very good cheerleader when she grows up!
This past week she has gotten startled very easily and it breaks her little heart. She pouts her bottom lip up really well. It is so pitiful! We took her on her first road trip (5 hours) so Stephen's mamaw could meet her. She did really well. I would pump and Stephen would then give her the bottle so we only had to stop once! It might be that the 5 hour there and back is what made her hate the car seat now! Last night I put her in her pack-n-play to sleep and she made it 3 hours and then woke up and I put her in bed with us. It is a good start. Although, I will miss having her sleep with me.
Oh how I dreaded the weekend before I went back to work! I was so emotional that weekend. I just tried so hard to take in every moment and store her tiny features and actions in my brain forever! I just don't want to forget these short moments. I started on June 6th and only worked half a day, so it made it a little easier. I picked up Milena before I left and just started to cry. Oh why must we need money and health insurance! Luckily I was able to leave her with Stephen so it made it a little easier. My next day of work was Wednesday, and it was a full day! Stephen took her to my mom and he had some separation anxiety. He sent me a text right after he left her and said, "I just left her sleeping. =(" It was sweet. I love it because it gave him a good feel of what I felt on Monday. It was kind of nice to get out with adults again and feel like myself. But I did miss her terribly! My parent's had such a good time playing dress up with her when she was awake. They put her in my old dresses and even in her great great grandmother's dress. I love that we have family close by so they can help us watch her. Work has been great so far to allow me to work part time. So I am only there Monday afternoons and Wednesday all day and some days Friday. So that is a huge blessing.
I can't believe Milena is already a month old. Well, actually a little over a month old since I am just now getting a chance to write this. We have had such a busy month! We have been busy getting to know each other, busy with laundry, busy celebrating Easter, laundry, Mother's Day, Daddy's birthday, laundry, Gram's birthday, meeting great Aunts and Uncles, laundry, and Memorial Day (5th week).
I love Milena so much! She loves to cuddle, which has made it difficult for our sleeping arrangements. We were those parents, who said, our baby would not sleep with us. She proved us wrong the first night at home when she would not sleep in her pack and play. Mommy and daddy were exhausted, so daddy said just put her in bed with us. Oops!
Milena absolutely adores taking showers! She is not such a fan of taking baths in her tub by herself. So the shower it is! She would prefer to sleep on her tummy, but I'm so paranoid of SIDS that I will not allow her on her tummy at night.
She wakes up every 2-3 hours on the dot. Hopefully this will change soon as this momma will be going back to work next week (I think) so I need some better sleep. She loves her bouncer and was not a big fan of her swing. But I have gotten her to swing in it for about 30 minutes, so hopefully she will begin to love it.
We have been to see her pediatrician twice. The first visit was when she was 5 days old, she weighed 7lbs 3oz. and the 2 week visit she weighed 8lbs 12oz on May 13.
She is very active and likes to lift her head up when she is up on your shoulder. Her favorite position to be held. She likes her feet tucked up and a good pat on the back. She immediately took to nursing when she was first born and we haven't really had any problems other than soaking the bed at night during our sleepy feedings!
She is a pampers baby. For some reason, maybe because of her tiny hiny she inherited from her daddy, she leaks in huggies. We moved up to size 1 diapers on her 4th week. She isn't a huge fan of riding in the car. When she gets really mad she takes both hands and scratches her pretty face.
I let Stephen give her a bottle for the first time on Sunday the 21st. She took it really well-she likes to eat! Mommy didn't take it well-she cried! She went to church for the first time on Saturday the 20th. She woke up right after daddy finished leading worship. So daddy took her out and walked her for a while until it was his time to go back up to close the service. I took her to the nursery to eat.
I guess that's a good enough update for now. Little stink bug is trying to wake up so I better go get some laundry done before it's too late! Blogger still won't let me upload any pictures.