Friday, October 22, 2010

First Bath/Walk

Today was a big day for Lily! She had her first real bath, in a tub, and she loved the water. She just sat there calmly while we washed her and just enjoyed it. But she did not enjoy being cold and wet when we took her out. But we dried her off quickly and put her in some fleecy pjs. She is so cute! Now she smells great.

After the bath we stuck around the house for a bit, then decided to go on a walk with daddy. We returned the dishes that the ward dinners were brought in. It was kind of a hard outing for me since I haven't really walked or done any exercise for almost 2 months. It felt good to be out though.
Here she is in her stroller.
Lily is so cute! We love her so much, it's crazy. Here's just a cute picture of her.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Life with Lily

Being a mom is nothing like I thought it would be. It's the most amazing thing I've ever done, yet I've never been more exhausted and emotional in my life. I'm hoping the emotional thing goes away soon, it seems I cry at least once a day. Breastfeeding is hard, with weird side effects that I was not expecting. But it's one of Lily's favorite things to do. Some nights are easier than others. For example, last night she wouldn't sleep in her bed for more than 30 minutes at a time. I finally just got some pillows and went out on the touch with her and she slept for hours in my arms. Which wasn't so bad except I can never sleep soundly when I'm holding her. Every movement and noise causes me to wake up and make sure she's ok. Brady thinks I'm crazy and a 'hover mother' because I never want her to go in the swing or stay in her bed if she's awake. Which, I'll admit, does make it hard to do anything but snuggle her all day so I'm trying to be better about putting her down once she falls asleep. I just love her to pieces and want to be with her all the time.
We put her in her room and have the monitor in our room now. I hate waking up to her crying but if she's in the room we never sleep. She is such a noisy sleeper! Makes noises non-stop. I guess it'll get easier. She's only just over two weeks old. And by easier I mean it'll get easier for me to put her in her bed when she's sleeping, etc. I doubt the sleep deprivation will get any easier. The lack of rest is finally catching up to me, I was on baby high for the first two weeks but now the late night feedings are really terrible. I can barely stay awake, which is ok, but mothers probably know what I mean.

But the pros outweigh the cons by a long shot. When I pick her up from bed she smiles and after I feed her she looks up at me and smiles. She is just the cutest thing ever. Seeing her with Brady is so great. It's hard not to squeeze her to death! Anyway, life as a mom is still unbelievable. I can't believe I have a daughter and that I can now call myself a mom. It's fantastic even if we haven't really been anywhere but the doctor. She told us on Monday that we shouldn't go anywhere either, since it's flu season so I guess we're staying home. Although I think maybe we'll try to get out and go for walks soon since I'm feeling almost 100%.
She weighed 9 lbs 12.5 oz at her 2 week appointment. At her 4 day appointment she weight 8 lbs 10 oz so she is definitely plumping up! And she'd grown 1.5 inches. It's hard to believe she's already getting so big!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Lily is Here!

Lily Nicole Redfearn was born September 25th at 12:49am in the morning. She was 9 lbs 1 oz and 20.5 inches long. She was 5 days late, well technically 6 days. We went in on Friday to get a non-stress test to make sure the baby was doing alright. Everything looked good but her fluid was low, I think Brady said it was 2.8 when it needed to be 5. So the nurse who was doing the test said she was calling the doctor and that she thought I should be induced that day. We weren't expecting that! So we ran home so Brady could shower before we went over to the hospital. I was given pitocin at around 2 pm on Friday. It took forever for it to get me to a 4, most of the day actually, but once we hit 4.5 dilated it went super fast. The next hour when they checked I was a 6.5 and then the next hour the doc came in and said it was time to push. I pushed for almost exactly an hour and she was out! I did get an epidural and it was totally worth it. This is right after we got to the hospital.
So that is basically the story. I was in labor about 11 hours, so not too bad. Lily is now 1 week and 3 days old. We had my parents here right after she was born and now Brady's mom has been here almost a week, she leaves on Thursday. Our fridge and freezer have never been fuller from meals that both my mom and mother-in-law have been making. I'm tired but not so exhausted that I can't function. It seems like I should be more tired. Maybe my body still doesn't know that it's supposed to be tired. Anyway, Lily is awesome. I still can't believe she's here! Brady can't either and is so cute with her! We're both doing well now and hopefully that'll continue. I feel better everyday and can't wait until I'm totally healed so Lily and I can go on walks before it gets too cold and rainy. Here are a few pictures of her, there are more on facebook.