Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Uncle Cass and Auntie Melin came to cook us a scrumptious meal last Saturday...they spent the whole day with us since they live an hour away and can't drop by as much. We had a blast!!
We took Eli and the pups on their first walk....went very well! Eli slept the entire time and we of course being new parents worried about him getting cold and every little bump. Surprise, surprise he made it! haha
And of course...Daddy loving on Eli! This picture makes my heart melt...Lee is so in love with his son. It is an amazing thing to watch! Thank you Lord for my husband and this sweet, sweet child!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Here is a pic of Eli taking his first nap in his crib...
Also big news....We are now nursing like CHAMPS! It has taken us 10 days but finally we have figured out the dance as Beka calls it. :)
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Be on the lookout for lots of Eli posts...going to finally get around to getting the labor story down and some of my favorite memories of our long weekend at Piedmont Hospital. I have so many people to thank...girls (you know who you are) thanks for being my support! I could never have made it without each of you...and my AWESOME, INCREDIBLE husband. Have I told you all how much I love him? He was such a calm and loving rock for me during the entire process. What a man!
- Little wrinkles above his forehead
- Reddish brown hair...who would have thought!
- His super gorgeous lips
- Little cleft chin
- His big ole feet
- Tree frog legs and toes
- The way he curls his toes as tight as he can get them when he eats.
- Sweet breath...oh my!
- He recognizes me when I sing "You Are My Sunshine" to him...it will quiet him in a second.
- He loves his hands up by his face at all times.
- He sleeps!!! (4 to 4 1/2 hours at a time all day/night long - such a good baby!)
I just got these pictures back (My uncle Doug took them for me!) and I wanted to share. It is hard to believe this was just 4 weeks ago...so much as changed!!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
OK, so we have broken water. We have epidurals in the body. We have pitocen flowing in the system. And when I write, "WE", I mean, Danielle, of course. We're not all giving birth today. She's a champ, though, she's feeling pretty good and smiley and is still giving off that Danielle Glow (TM).
She's resting now, Leebo is giving her sweet kisses on her knees or hands. We're just in waiting mode, but it is GOING to happen today. So, that's the update - at some point, today, Eli is a'comin'. We will be keeping everyone posted by phone, email, and blog, of course.
Mary, also known as the Rock Star Baby Birthing Assistant, was up here bright and early, ready to provide whatever was needed. Even if that meant stompin' on some spiders in the line of duty. To recap: Mammoth spotlights above the bed, and within one of these gargantuan spotlights was a spider, enjoying the view of little Danielle reclining on her bed. Lee couldn't stand that Mr. Spider was watching, and he wanted to open the globe and kill that spider dead where he lay. Not a Charlotte's Web fan, that Leebo. So, he climbed up there, and informed Mary that she was backup, and to be ready. Mary, not such a fan of spiders, was thinking, "I'm here to provide birthing expertise, not exterminator services, but OK."
As you can see in the below photo, that spider was capturing a lot of attention.
The happy couple below, getting ready for the big day. It's been a cute lovefest in here all morning. Aren't they adorable? They are both so calm and ready, it's awesome.
And here are the ladies. Ladies-in-Waiting, literally. We're just chilling out on the sofa, being quiet with the occasional giggles and grins of excitement. Between all of us at the hospital, waiting, and all of the messages and phone calls, Eli is one loved baby already.
WE HAVE AN UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The nurse just checked her, she's dialated to 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
She and Lee are
Cass massaging my feet - BEST Brother and soon to be Uncle in the world!!!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Love you all and thanks for all the prayers!
We will keep you updated....stay tuned!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Love you all and thanks so much for the prayers!!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I also want to thank all my family and incredible girl friends who keep calling me, sending me messages and just checking in. Your words of encouragement and love are what gets me thru the days right now. I love each of you and couldn't have done this without you!! Gracious, I am super blessed!!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Eli's ducky bath towel from Kristin and Millie - so cute!
Lee reading some of the Richard Scarry (my favorite as a child) books that his mom and grandmother brought for Eli. He was a bit tired this day as he had been out all night the night before at his 10 year High School Reunion. Thankfully, I didn't have to go!
Me feeding Simpson - look at those blue eyes and smile. Can you say precious??
Lee holding Millie - doesn't he look like a natural? And of course she is just as precious...Simpson, Millie and Eli will be so close growing up. They were all born this year - wow, what a growing family we have!!
Since I work from home I am alone all day long (the puppies are sweet but they don't actually count) so when Lee gets home I kinda attack him...poor guy! I have just become this way in the past couple weeks so don't feel too sorry for him! haha Anyway, today was a long day for him and he didn't get home until late and then he basically had to leave to go to his soccer game and won't be home until almost 11pm. What did I do? I had a "mini" meltdown...was cooking some dinner (roasted red potatoes w/ some stewed squash) and just cried and cried. I wanted my husband but he was playing soccer...I wanted my mom but she was making fig jam and too far away for a quick rendezvous...I wanted to call Mary but I decided not too since she has a family of her own and they were probably in the middle of dinner. So what did I do? I crawled on my couch and held my two pups and cried...Eli probably thinks his mom is crazy! Then all of a sudden my phone rings and guess who it is? Mary calling me...she needed to talk too and God just knew what we both needed. Isn't friendship grand?? Especially when God is a part of it and knows exactly what you both need at the exact moment you need it. We both got out what we needed to get out and laughed and just talked...I am better now! To me these two quotes summed up our conversation Mare...thank you!
To the soul, there is hardly anything more healing than friendship.
Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)
And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and the sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931), The Prophet
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Last night we had a Girls Night/90210 Viewing Party at my house. Jill, Beka, Kelli and I all gathered in our comfy clothes and settled in for what we thought was going to be a night of Brenda and Kelly reminiscing. Lo and behold! We are old!!! We found ourselves loving the adults in the show and wishing it was all about them. Who cares about high school drama when you have Kelly and Brenda on the same show? AND a hot teacher and principal?? Needless to say, we found ourselves talking over the 90210 lingo (we did still all bob our heads and dance around when the music came on) and finally after an hour of cheesy torture we turned it off. We decided that we could have just as much fun catching up and talking about our lives...so much more interesting than the lives of those that live in Beverly Hills! :)
It was just what the doctor ordered for me...I wasn't feeling too great (the nausea has come back towards the end here) and these girls made me laugh and feel great! Some of the fun topics we talked about....
- Jill's perfect ponytail and hair all around
- Kelli's beautiful wash and go curly hair
- Beka's new blog...urging her to write!! We want to hear!
- Some birth stories...but not too many bad ones since I was covering my ears!
- All of their precious kids...Joseph, Presley, Bennett, Jack and Bodie...and little Eli on the way!
- Friends and what friendship really is
- Being there for each other
- Missing the other girls that weren't there
- Excitement over Eli finally getting here...and ways to make it happen sooner! (Thanks girls! Maybe they will work...)
We started around 7:30pm thinking it would be an early night...but of course it wasn't! They were walking out my door (on a school night no less) after midnight. God bless them because I really needed it...thank you all for coming and can't wait until we do it again!
Roscoe snuggling with Jill - he wasn't supposed to be on the couch but can you blame him for wanting to snuggle up to her! :)
Me eating my 3rd plate of pasta with cheese - yes!