September 28, 2010

Hear Yea, Hear Yea

Proudly announcing the birth of our baby girl, Riley Paige!
Her Birth Announcements hit the mail last week. If I missed you, I am terribly sorry, and this copy's for you!



And, thanks to "Grandma Doe" pulling a few strings at the Sun-Sentinel, we were able to have a color Birth Announcement in last Sunday's paper, just as we did with Tyler! Thank you! We are so blessed to have 5 living generations! I think most people saw it and cut it out, but here's your copy if you missed it!


And so it goes...

September 23, 2010

1 Month Milestones

Undeniably, unbelievable! One month has already elapsed since we welcomed our perfect little girl into this world. We are happy to report that we are all doing fantastic and have just about adjusted to this new life!

Height: 20"
Weight: 7 lbs 15 oz.

Height: 20-1/2" (50th percentile for her age)
Weight: 8 lbs 12 oz. (50th percentile for her age)

Height: 21" (50th percentile for her age)
Weight: 9 lbs 15 oz. (70th percentile for her age. Holy Moly, Mommy's Milk Must Be Good! She's gained over 2lbs in 1 month!)
My little porker! Her Ped. is very pleased with her weight gain and development.

Sleeping Patterns: She sleeps from about 9-9:30pm until around 2:30 or 3am. Then back to sleep until about 7am. No complaints!

Places Traveled: Where hasn't she gone??? We're busy little bees! Her first outing was to Target, of all places, when she was 6 days old. She has also been to Publix, the Post Office, BJ's Wholesale, Wal-mart, to different family member's homes to visit, out to dinner to numerous places, and most excitingly, we are taking her for her first visit to Lake Wales tomorrow! She is going to love it, I just know it!

Accomplishments: She lost her cord stub on her 2 week birthday, so she got her first "real" bath then. She smiles a lot! Mostly for Daddy. She must like the manly voice. She attended her first photo shoot and did SO GOOD! She's found her fists and seems to be very fond of them. She has just about mastered her head control and loves belly time! 98% of her sleeping is done on her belly. She went in her swing for the first time, and liked it OK. She'll only stay in it for a few minutes without "yelling". She managed to remind me of the lovely pooping machines that breastfed babies are! As I was burping her one day, she managed to poop all over herself, me and the glider. I'm sure the look on my face was priceless, as I didn't know what to do first. I took a picture (below) to show David because I knew he wouldn't believe me! She soiled at least one outfit and one blanket a day, so I moved her up to size 1 diapers, hoping that since they were bigger, they would hold more poop. So far so good. The tabs might overlap when you put the darn things on her (they're big!) but, the poop stays in!!! Also, I've had to start packing up some of the Newborn size clothes, since some things were getting too short and I couldn't snap them! SO SAD!
The blowout!

Foods: Exclusively nursing.

Here are a few photos of our first month! And so it goes...
Week 1

Week 2 - In the Swing

Week 3 - First Real Bath

Week 4 - Morning Smiles for Daddy


September 13, 2010

All About Documentation

I had this book made of Riley's Birth. It's our "quick view" of her big day, making it very convenient for us to re-live the day over and over again. After all, we're all well aware of how fast the days go...

Click here to view this photo book larger

ENJOY! And so it goes...

September 10, 2010

Introducing.................Riley Paige!

After nearly 9 months of anticipation, we are proud to welcome our daughter, Riley Paige Hunter, into this big world!

Our (repeat) c-section was scheduled for August 24, 2010 at 12:30. I had to be at the hospital at 10:00am. When we got to Labor & Delivery, Triage was FULL! Of course, I freaked out since private rooms at Plantation General Hospital are on a first come, first serve basis. I thought we would never get one with so many women in labor / delivering that day. The good part about it was that I got to be prepped and wait in a private laboring room, which was nice. 12:30 came and went.....but we were finally given green light to go to the OR around 12:50. I grabbed my IV stand and off we walked to the OR, where I would receive my spinal injection and surgery would begin. Up until that point, the only part of my surgery that I was anxious about was the spinal injection. I remembered the pressure that I felt when the spinal was administered with Tyler. So, not being a fan of needles, I was not excited about this part. Well, the good Lord was on my side that day, in more ways than one, of course. My anesthesiologist was completing her residency at the hospital and I was her "guinea pig". I thought "Oh Joy" when she introduced herself and disclosed this information. BUT, I think that because she was trying to do everything perfect in front of her colleagues, I didn't feel a thing. In fact, when she said "all done, you can lay back now", I thought, "HUH???" Just then my legs started to go numb, and that was the end of that. My Mom and David were in the room this time to witness the whole thing. My doctor let David photograph almost the entire birth, with the exception of the incision. We got some pretty incredible pictures. Some are a little gory, but the memories are fantastic! CLICK HERE TO SEE RILEY'S "BIRTHDAY" ALBUM. When I finally got to see her, my first reaction was how tiny she was. We had a running bet on what she would weigh and my guess was 8.10. David said 7lbs and my Mom said 8.6. We were all wrong! She weighed 7lbs 11oz and was 20inches long, born at 1:20pm. After being looked over by the doctors, who gave her an Apgar score of 9.9, she was cleaned and brought to me for my first hello and kiss. That is a moment that I will never forget! Not for either of my children!

Daddy and Riley then went down to the nursery and my Mom stayed with me while they stitched me up and took me into recovery. I finally made it to my room (YES, WE GOT A PRIVATE ROOM, PHEW!!!) and they brought her in around 4:30pm where I finally got to hold my baby girl for the first time! And, of course, Big Brother Tyler had to meet her, too!

We [all] fell in love with her instantaneously! She took to nursing on the first attempt and did such a great job that my milk actually came in before I left the hospital. That was a superb accomplishment for me, since it was a 1-week struggle with Tyler before he got the hang of it. My recovery was so easy that my doctor actually wanted to discharge me a day early because I was doing so well, but we decided to stay the extra day so that Riley could get all the monitoring she needed and we could soak up a little more of the pampered lifestyle! Tyler also stayed in the hospital with us so that he could witness everything and share in the memories! He did so well. All of the nurses complimented us on how good of a child he was. We had our very own "slumber party" going on in our room!

Riley is now 2-1/2 weeks old and she's amazing. She's a great baby and we couldn't have asked for a more perfect blessing! More updates to come! And so it goes...

Our first family of 4 photo! Of course, there was so much going on that we didn't get one where we're all paying attention. But, it's still perfect in my book!