January 29, 2014

Claire's First Bath

Bryce and I gave Claire her first bath at home on Monday night.  She wasn't quite sure what to think.  She didn't really like it until the end when she got all snuggled up in her towel.  She is the sweetest.  I feel so lucky to have her in our family.  Here are a million photos to document the occasion because I'm that kind of mom :)
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January 28, 2014

Lydia & Claire

 photo 12195520816_428c1e198f_o_zps95602126.jpg   My sister Laci came to my house this past Saturday and she brought her baby girl Lydia so Claire and Lydia were able to meet for the first time.  There wasn't a whole lot of interaction between them yet, but we'll give it time ;)  We took a few pictures of them together and we were laughing at the contrast between the two babies.  They are only four months apart but Claire looked like a little tiny doll compared to Lydia.  Lydia was super wiggly and was talking the whole time and Claire just slept haha.  By the end of the pictures Lydia was crying and ready to be done.....and Claire was still sleeping :).   
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We can't wait to watch these two grow up together.


Watch me Grow: 48 Weeks

 photo 12193683355_20d0e67b9f_o_zps8100b952.jpg  photo 12193939453_3514c1da14_o_zps2eba5a4a.jpg Rory is 48 weeks old.  She finally met Claire when we came home from the hospital last Tuesday night.  She has been so good with her.  She just sniffs her and tries to lick her, but she hasn't tried to bother her at all.  She's been pretty calm and mellow too.  I think she can kind of read us and knows that she is supposed to be more calm around the baby.  She really hasn't paid her too much attention, and I think it's probably because Claire is such a quiet baby right now.  I think as Claire grows and when she is louder she will be more interested.  We are so happy to see how well she is transitioning with the baby!
DSC_0148.jpg DSC_0150.jpg Another thing to note is we started brushing Rory's teeth.  We bought a dog toothbrush & toothpaste a few weeks ago and Bryce finally got around to trying it a few nights ago.  Rory actually did better than I thought she would.  She just kept trying to eat the toothbrush and toothpaste.  She is a pretty spoiled dog.  I never thought I would be the person who brushed her dog's teeth!

January 26, 2014

Claire Olivia Week by Week: 1 Week Old

 photo 12160935514_3e0a141c16_o_zps4ed2e8e2.jpg   My little Claire Olivia is one week old today.  I have no idea how that is possible.  Time has gone so fast this week!  She is the sweetest baby.  She loves to be swaddled and cuddled.  It is hard to catch her with her eyes open, she loves to sleep.  She would sleep all day if I let her. I have to wake her up and remind her she needs to eat.  A diaper change will usually do the trick and wake her right up though.  Once she is awake she eats really good.  I know I keep saying it but she really is such a good baby, which is exactly what I need until I get my right leg working again.  I totally understand why everyone says to enjoy them because time goes so fast.  I hope it will slow down.  I wouldn't mind if Claire to stayed this small forever!
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Claire's Birth Story

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Claire was born on a clear beautiful Sunday afternoon, exactly on her due date on the 19th of January.  At my last doctor's appointment Bryce and I decided to go ahead and schedule an induction on my due date.  I was still dilated at a 3 and 80% effaced but was no longer having contractions or having any other signs of labor.  We talked with my doctor and decided getting induced was the right decision for us. Both my mom and sister had to be given pitocin after they went in to labor on their own to help their contractions regulate , so there was a high likelihood I would be given pitocin anyway even if I waited to go on my own.  We decided there really wasn't any good reason to wait, we were ready to finally have our baby!  

The night before the induction I did not sleep at all.  I was too excited, nervous, and anxious anticipating my baby's arrival.  Bryce only slept for a few hours as well since I made him stay up with me and watch movies.  We arrived at the hospital at 5:30 a.m.  It was dark and very cold outside but I barely noticed.  I was so nervous and excited I couldn't sit still.  The whole car ride there I was jiggling my feet and tapping my fingers on my legs.   We parked the car and walked in holding hands.  I gave Bryce's hand a little squeeze and excitedly said, "This is it!  Today we are meeting our little girl!"  He smiled back at me and laughed at how excited I was. 

We filled out all of our paperwork and a nurse took us back to my room.  I got all settled in my hospital bed and was started on pitocin at 6 a.m. Bryce went back to sleep on the couch in my room and I laid in bed trying to picture what my baby would look like.  My contractions were very mild and I couldn't really feel them yet.  Around 7 a.m. the doctor doing rounds came and broke my water.  Only about 30 minutes after this my contractions had really picked up.  They were getting closer together and much more intense.  The nurse had told me earlier it would take about 30 minutes from the time I asked for an epidural for it to be administered and working so to keep that in mind when I started feeling pain.  When my contractions were only a couple minutes apart and I had to start focus on breathing through them I decided to call the nurse and ask for my epidural.

The anesthesiologist and nurse came to my room and started setting everything up.  By this point I was having contractions every two minutes.  I kept squeezing Bryce's hand through the contractions and my body had started shaking.  The anesthesiologist had to administer the epidural during contractions and while I was shaking, which I think could have been why I had complications with it hitting some nerves.  The epidural kicked in pretty quickly, but only on my right side.  We waited a few minutes to give it time to kick in but it still wasn't working.  I was feeling everything on my left side.  The anesthesiologist gave me another dose and after a few more minutes I was finally numb on both sides.  It was such a relief to be able to finally relax and get some rest.  It was now around 8:30 a.m. My nurse decided to check me and said I was dilated about a four and still 80% effaced.  We expected we still had several more hours and planned on a baby in the late afternoon or evening.  I text my mom the update as she was planning on coming to the hospital when I was getting close and then Bryce and I both were able to fall asleep.  

A couple hours later my nurse came back in to see how I had progressed.  I was now dilated to a six and 100% effaced.  I sent another text to mom and she told me she was planning on coming down around 12 with my grandma (my dad unfortunately was out of town for work).  Bryce was still asleep and I continued to doze on and off over the next two hours.  My mom and grandma arrived and came to see me and Bryce for a little bit before they were going to lunch.  I had started feeling shaky again at this point and mentioned it to my nurse when she came in to check me again.  She looked surprised as I told her and said that usually meant you were complete and fully dilated.  She checked me and was even more surprised as she announced that I was actually fully dilated and ready to start pushing.  She left to go get some of the equipment to set up and to call my doctor to let him know.  We told my mom and grandma and they decided they would go get some lunch to kill some time.  I figured since it was my first I would probably have to push for a while and we still had to wait for my doctor to get there.  It was around 12:30 now and I was trying to wrap my head around the fact that my baby was going to be here so soon!  I wasn't feeling mentally prepared yet as I thought I still had 4 to 5 more hours.

My nurse came back in, got the equipment set up, and said my doctor wanted me to go ahead and start pushing.  She would tell me when I had a contraction and had me push for 10 seconds at a time, 3 times during each contraction.  After the first push the baby was already crowning.  She excitedly told me and showed Bryce that our little girl had a full head of hair.  I pushed a total of 3 times and then the nurse stopped me and said we needed to wait for my doctor since she did not want to deliver my baby on her own!  The nurse called my doctor again and told him I was really ready.  He was surprised as well as he thought I may have to push for a while being a first time mom.  He said he was on his way and then we just waited.  I was feeling such a mix of emotions   I was scared, nervous, excited, happy, and filled with so much love.  I remember thinking I was really going to be a mom and I felt like my heart was going to burst.  I had wanted this for so long and I was just minutes away from it finally happening.

My doctor arrived a few minutes before one o clock.  He was just about to teach a lesson and had left church so he was in a white shirt and tie.  He teased us and said he dressed up just for our delivery.  He was quickly scrubbed up and sat down in position to deliver my baby.  He said, "Okay let's have you push on the next contraction."  The next contraction came and I could feel the baby crowning more.  I pushed for 10 seconds, then took a breath, and repeated two more times in a row during the contraction.  The doctor smiled and said, "How about a baby on the next contraction?"  I kind of laughed thinking he was joking and just trying to motivate me for the next set of pushing.  The next contraction started but the doctor didn't tell me to push.  He just all of the sudden worked her head out and then her body came out immediately after.  My sweet baby was born at 1:05 p.m.  He set her on my stomach and prepared the umbilical cord for cutting.  I was so shocked and completely surprised as I looked at her laying on me.  I could not believe the delivery was over and she really was here.  I was so amazed at my tiny little girl.  Even though the nurse had told me earlier, I was still so surprised to see she was born with a full head of long dark hair.  She was so beautiful I just kept staring at her.  Bryce cut the cord and they took her to measure her and clean her up.  The announced she was 7 pounds 6 ounces and 19 1/2 inches long.  I watched her like a hawk as she was passed around the room getting measured and cleaned while the doctor finished stitching me up.  It was all I could do to sit there and wait to hold her.  Bryce put on her first diaper, which was actually the very first diaper he has ever put on a baby.  I held back tears as I watched my husband become a dad.  It was such a special moment.  He had the biggest smile on his face and was so careful and gentle with her tiny body.  The nurses swaddled her and gave her back to Bryce.  The doctor was finally finished with me and the nurses and everyone were clearing out the room.  Bryce brought her over to me  and placed her in my arms.  I was so amazed at how perfect she was.  I just kept smiling and looking at her thinking how incredible it was that she was my daughter.  I couldn't hold it in anymore and finally tears streamed down my face.  I had an overwhelming feeling that we already knew each other.  She was mine and I was hers.  I knew this was what I was meant to do.  I had finally found my place.  I felt like the moment she was born and I became a mother, I was born too.  

*On a side note one of my nurses who was actually my second cousin took all of these pictures for us and I am SO SO grateful.  I was planning on having Bryce take some and then have my mom take a few of us when she got there, but this worked out so much better.  It was so thoughtful and sweet of my nurse and the pictures turned out beautifully.  They are something I will always treasure and I love that we have them to remember this special day.
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January 23, 2014

Claire Olivia Leishman

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Claire Olivia Leishman
Born on January 19, 2014 at 1:05 p.m.
7 pounds 6 ounces 19 1/2 inches long
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 photo 12145882364_457ca990cd_o_zps3895fd8c.jpg photo DSC_0119_zps92924e9e.jpg photo DSC_0116_zps7e8e3b64.jpgOur sweet little girl was finally born this past Sunday!  We couldn't be happier and we are so so in love.  She surprised us all with a full head of long dark hair!  We are happy to be home and adjusting.  Claire is the sweetest baby and is so good.  We couldn't have asked for a more perfect baby.  I thought I would quickly post some pictures of Claire in her coming home outfit while I have a little bit of time during her nap.  When I have more time I will post all the pictures from her birth day.  For now I just wanted everyone to get a chance to see our cute girl!

Also for those wanting an update on me (I had some complications with the epidural hitting some nerves). After delivery when the epidural should have worn off my legs remained completely numb from the knees down and I could not move my feet or toes at all.  I had two MRIs that came back clear so that ruled out anything requiring surgical intervention and the doctors determined the nerves just have to regenerate over time.  The feeling returned to my left leg on Tuesday and I have full mobility with that leg.  My right leg is still numb from the knee down and I still can't move my feet or toes.  I was sent home with a walker, and I have follow up appointments with my OB and a neurologist, but for now I have been told the feeling will return but it could be a matter of days, weeks, or months.  Unfortunately there is no certainty on time frame.  We are figuring out a routine for me to be able to get around the house and still take care of Claire and we are doing okay.  We are hoping and praying my right leg will return to normal sooner than later.  If you have an extra prayer send one our way!

January 18, 2014

Watch Me Grow: 47 Weeks

Rory is 47 weeks today!  We bought clippers today to try and learn to clip her ourselves.  We don't really want her groomed very fancy or anything we are just wanting to trim her every once in a while and possibly clip her short in the summer.  This picture is before we trimmed her.....haha let's just say we need some practice.  We only wanted to trim up the hair on her head and face a little, nothing extreme.  We used the longest attachment that came in the kit and let's just say Bryce and I have not laughed that hard in a long time.  She looks a little ridiculous.  The hair on her head is VERY short now.  We already ordered an attachment that will allow us to leave her hair a lot longer so hopefully in the future her hair cuts will turn out better.  We're not too worried about it though.  It is just hair, and hers grows very quickly.  But, I am waiting to take the 'after' pictures until next week so it can grow out a little :).  
One of Rory's favorite things to do when she wants to play is get out every single toy she has and leave them strewn all over the house.  Then she takes turns bringing different toys to us to throw for her.  Bryce says she is helping prepare us for when Claire is a toddler.

P.S. This is Rory's last update as an only 'child' :).  Next week her update will be about her first time meeting Claire and how she has reacted to us bringing the baby home!

January 13, 2014

No baby yet...

DSC_0012.jpg Everyone keeps asking so I figured I would post a little update.  No baby yet.  She seems to be quite content (or stubborn) and is taking her time.  I'm now 39 weeks, my due date is in six more days.  Everything is waiting and ready for her arrival.  My walls & floors are scrubbed, my house is spotless, Claire's dresser is full of clean folded clothes, and our hospital bags are packed.  Now we are just waiting.....and waiting.  
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(Here's Claire's little coming home outfit)
My whole pregnancy I pretty much planned on going at least to my due date if not over,  until my 37 week appointment when my doctor told me I was already dilated and effaced and probably wouldn't make it to my due date.  I let that get my hopes up and I was so excited with the possibility of her coming early.  It has made the last two weeks LONG.  She has six days to still prove him right and come a little early, but I'm not sure if she will on her own.  After my doctor stripped my membranes last week I was way sore and crampy the next day and I lost my mucus plug (sorry if that's tmi), but I didn't have any contractions or anything.  Ever since my appointment I have felt like I've been walking around with a broken tailbone.  I guess she must've moved down even further (I didn't think that was possible!) and is just putting tons of pressure on it.  I go back to the doctor Wednesday morning and I will talk to him about a possible induction if I don't seem to be making any more progress.
DSC_0026.jpg My last day of work was on Friday.  Staying home all day is new territory for me!  I decided to re-read the Harry Potter series to give me something to do the last little bit of my pregnancy.  I started reading them Wednesday (mostly at night when I couldn't sleep) and I am on book 4 today.  Hopefully Claire will be here by the time I finish the 7th or I'm going to need to find another book series to try to occupy my mind and keep me from going stir crazy!  

Watch Me Grow: 46 Weeks

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Rory is 46 weeks old.  The big update for this week is that we've been leaving her crate door open at night.  We waited a long time to try this because I was paranoid she would get in to something while we were sleeping.  We decided to give it a try since I haven't really been sleeping I would hear her if she tried something.  I'm happy to report she has done awesome!  She sometimes comes in our bedroom with us for part of the night and then will go back to her crate for the rest.  She hasn't even tried any mischief, she just sleeps the whole night.  She really is turning out to be such a well behaved dog.  All of our hard work training her is paying off!  I'm sure we'll have more to work with her on once the baby comes but we are so thrilled with her progress up to this point!