Thursday, September 30, 2010

An Update... For Real!

Well, now that Summer is a month old, I thought I would finally do an update! It is so weird to think that a month ago, I looked like this. Oh. My. Gosh.
I can't say that I particularly like seeing pictures of me pregnant--especially HUGELY so-- but it captures the essence of the time very well. Anyway, now that a month has passed, I have some excellent news: I am finally able to wear my wedding ring again. Welcome back, old friend.
Next week I have my 6-week appointment (technically one week early). Hopefully they will provide me with good news, saying that I can throw away my insulin, syringes, and blood sugar monitor forever. Cross your fingers!

Summer had her one-month appointment today and here are her stats:
Weight- 10 pounds, 6 ounces (90th percentile)
Length- 22 inches (70th percentile)
Head circumference- I can't remember, but I know it put her in the 25th percentile

In some ways she is very similar to how Kylie was when she was a baby. Does this look familiar?

It should. Kylie slept in her carseat for the first month as well due to acid reflux. Summer has it a little bit, but I think we really just let her sleep there because that is where she receives the longest stretches of sleep at a time, and Josh and I need that right now :)
Unlike her sister, Summer actually takes a pacifier very willingly and she seems to enjoy her thumb. She is a very LOUD baby, both her cries and her constant grunting while she sleeps. She's a great eater and actually sleeps fairly well at night, although during the day she just takes a series of catnaps, which drives me nuts since she is usually fussy when she is awake. We'll work on that. For a week now I've been documenting her eating and sleeping "schedule" to see if there are any patterns.

Speaking of sleep, get this: on Saturday night she slept 2 hours--TOTAL. Josh and I were complete zombies in church that day, which was unfortunate, as it was the day she was blessed. Due to my zombie-like state and lack of a brain, I did not get one single picture of her in her blessing dress. I'm SO ashamed. Don't worry-- I will be dressing her in it soon just so I can get some pictures.
For the first 2 weeks that Summer was with us, Kylie was very sick with the stomach flu. During that time she just wasn't herself. Not only did she exhibit traditional flu-like symptoms, but she threw tantrums all day long and every single word that came out of her mouth was said in a whiny tone. Our 2-week-old baby slept better at night than Kylie during that time!

Now that she's recovered, she has been so much fun to be around!! The weather has been gorgeous lately so she spends a lot of her time on our deck practicing her bike riding skills. (Her "helmet" is a pumpkin bucket). She has adjusted VERY well to having a little sister. Not only is there not a single jealous bone in her body, but she is actually fascinated with having a baby around. We often hear her say things like "Hi, Summer, hi!" or "Did Summer wake up? YAY!!!!" My personal favorite is, "Summer, relax!" when she's having a meltdown. She tickles her sister, identifies body parts, and is extremely courteous during her many catnaps throughout the day (she will even tell us to be quiet).


Josh is my hero. No matter what is going on, he always seems to have time for his family. He will take Kylie outside for bike rides, cook dinner, and even get up with me during the middle of the night (after I feed Summer, he stays up with her as long as it takes to get her back to sleep). I LOVE THIS MAN.

What really makes him my hero, though, is his ability to persevere. His job has been SO demanding lately. He put in 85 hours last week alone, which included 2 all-nighters. His job is what has him doing this during the day, not the baby.
We are doing well but we have definitely had to get used to some things lately. We'll keep you posted (more frequently) on our goings on!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

My "non-update" update

I am such a slacker in every aspect of my life lately, including blogging, and I apologize for those who have been waiting patiently to see more pictures of Summer. Josh's mom made these adorable bows so we tried a mini-photo shoot with them.
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I promise I will get around to a real update very soon!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

L.O.V.E.

I'll do a real update soon, but I just wanted to let everyone know that we've adjusted well since we welcomed Summer into our little family.
It felt like an eternity waiting for moments like this...
...but she was definitely worth the wait.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Summer's Birth Day

What a day (and a half)! Here's how everything went down:
Monday, August 30
9:30pm- Start feeling Braxton-Hicks contractions, but they're coming every 7 minutes
10:30pm- Take a walk around the neighborhood. Contractions come every 3 minutes
11:45pm- Call my mom to tell her it's time! I'm so excited!!!

Tuesday, August 31
12:15am- Head to the hospital. I'm told that I am dilated 4cm (which I have been for a week already) and only 70% effaced.
3:00am- No progress. Contractions are now only coming every 6-7 minutes
4:00am- After 45 minutes of walking the halls, I'm officially sent home. "Disappointed" doesn't even begin to cover it!
5:00-8:00am- "Sleep"
9:13am- Contractions come back with a vengeance and are 4 minutes apart
9:45am- Kylie throws up EVERYWHERE, but since I'm having intense contractions, Josh has to clean up everything. Poor guy. A sick Kylie gets dropped off at my parent's house.
10:30am- I'm admitted for real!!! I'm dilated 7 cm, fully effaced, and contractions are coming every 2 minutes.
12:00pm- Got the epidural... life is goooooooood :)
2:30pm- Feels like the meds are wearing off. After pushing the button 3 times to receive an extra dose and feeling no relief, I call the nurse.
2:45pm- I'm told to do a few "trial pushes" to see if the baby makes her way down... maybe that's why I'm in pain again. After doing 1/2 a push, the nurse tells me to stop so we can get the doctor... the baby is coming!
3:05pm- The nurse arrives and I begin pushing
3:15pm- Summer's here!!!!

Once we got to the hospital the second time, things went incredibly smoothly (minus the poor toddler we left behind). My pregnancy was terrible in so many ways, but luckily my delivery was really easy. Since we have been home, things have been WONDERFUL. Summer is such a sweet baby and we have loved having her in our family.

Here are a few pictures from the past few days. Enjoy!


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

SHE'S HERE!!!

Summer Danielle Steorts arrived on August 31st 2010 at 3:13 pm
She weighed in at 9 pounds 6 ounces
And measured in at 20 1/2 inches long


Here she is sucking her thumb, I guess practice makes perfect and from the looks of her she has had a lot of practice already.



Kylie has yet to see her new sister as she has been feeling a little under the weather, so this "family" picture is just not complete.
Mommy and baby are doing well...more pictures to come once the pro is back to post them