Monday, June 27, 2016

Two Big Sisters and One Little Baby

Watching the girls with their new baby sister is so fun. They absolutely love her. They talk to her in soft voices and stroke her head. They bring us diapers and wipes and pacifiers for her and want to help feed her bottles.

Here Zelda is tickling her under her chin and saying "Gootchie gootchie goo!"

Ellie kissing her:

Ellie pulling her hair back after seeing the first picture and wanting to make sure the camera saw her face:

Zelda showing Susanna toys:

And bringing her stuffed animals: 

And feeding her: 

Ellie took this picture of Susanna:

Snuggling with the baby in the rocker:

Ellie trying to show Susanna off to the camera:

I just love these girls.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Sweet Susie

Yesterday my mom took Ellie and Zelda to the library in the morning, and while the house was nice and quiet I was able to do a little photoshoot with Susanna. Here are some of my favorites of this beautiful girl:

Friday, June 17, 2016

Presenting Susanna Joy Thomas

Born June 16, 2016 at 10:53 AM
7 pounds, 7 ounces
20 1/2 inches long
Endlessly Cute

Jason and I drove to the hospital early on Thursday morning, arriving at 5 am for my scheduled induction. They started the induction at 7 am, breaking my water and starting me on a very low dose of pitocin, and then increased the pitocin at 8 am. At about 8:15 I started to have regular contractions and she was born at 10:53 am, less than three hours later!

My mom brought the girls to the hospital in the afternoon to meet their new baby sister, and they were so cute together. When Zelda walked in the room and saw Susanna, her face lit up and she said, "My baby! My baby!" and walked over and poked her in the eye. Ellie asked to hold her, and we helped set her up on the bed so she could hold Susanna in her lap. Both girls loved her and kept saying she was "so tiny" and "so cute."

After a little while Jason took Ellie and Zelda to go get some lunch. On the way back they stopped at the grocery store to buy me some snacks, and the girls saw and insisted on getting a balloon for me and the baby. When they got back Ellie wanted to hold Susanna again.

Zelda brought the balloon over to me and gave it to me to hold. Because I knew Zelda's really been wanting a balloon (she asks every time we see one), I told her that we could share it and handed it back to her. She held it for a minute with a big smile on her face, then shouted "Your turn!" and gave it back to me.

The girls also brought drawings from home for me and the baby. They are so cute and when I get home from the hospital (Susanna and I will be discharged tomorrow) I'll scan them into the computer and post them, too.

My mom and the girls went home so they could have dinner, while Jason stayed for a couple more hours and then went home to help put the girls to bed. When I was ready to go to bed myself I was able to take Susanna to the nursery so that they could watch her, which was really great. I slept well, although it took me a surprisingly long time to fall asleep (maybe all the adrenaline from the day?).

Today was good; Jason came back to the hospital at like 8:30 this morning and stayed for most of the day. He took care of Susanna when I took a long nap in the middle of the day, and we were able to have lunch together and just hang out and enjoy the baby.

She is so sweet and has been an absolute dream so far. She's eating well and sleeping lots and is just adorable. We love her so much and are so glad that she's here!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Captain's Log, Week 320 - Less Than One Week Until Baby

If you can believe it, we are one week (or less) away from welcoming a new little girl into our family. My due date is June 22, but I'm getting induced this Thursday, June 16. (Well, if I don't have the baby before then. We've had some false alarms. We actually even went to the hospital one night this week after I'd been having contractions for several hours - but no baby yet.)

The pregnancy's going all right, but I'm definitely ready to be done. I've had lots of super uncomfortable contractions the past week and a half. But I actually don't want the baby to come before Tuesday - that's the day my mom flies in, and I think it will be a lot easier and smoother for Zelda and Ellie if she's already here when I have the baby. So I've put myself on a self-imposed semi-bedrest this weekend and am just trying to stay hydrated.

(Another reason I don't want to have the baby spontaneously, but want her to stay in until my induction - Zelda's labor was super, super fast. The hospital here is forty minutes away. I'm worried that if I'm not already at the hospital when labor really starts, we'll be having this baby on the side of the road.)

Just like with Zelda, my fundal height (tummy size) is measuring small and so my doctor had them do an extra ultrasound a couple weeks ago to make sure the baby is growing okay. But she's right on track - so no worries! They said the way my body carries babies must just kind of hide them inside.

Okay, enough with pregnancy stuff! Let's look at pictures of Ellie and Zelda.

What the girls said this week

We worked on our deck the last couple weeks. Jason replaced a couple of the old boards, and I sanded and stained it. On one of the days that Jason was prying up and replacing some of the boards, the girls and I were sitting on the deck stairs eating home-made slushies. Zelda pointed at Jason and told me, "That's my friend Dad. He's fixing my house."

Ellie, Zelda, and I were in the front yard. We walked up to the corner of the street, and they wanted to go farther, but it's hard for me to walk long distances at this point and so I told them "I can't walk very far because my tummy hurts today." Zelda thought about this for a second and then said, "I'll get you a bandaid."

Zelda, with a hand on her tummy: "My tummy hurts."
Me: "Oh no, your tummy hurts?"
Zelda: "Yeah. You kicked me."
(I did not kick her, lol. I think this comes from me saying sometimes that my tummy hurts because the baby kicks me.)

What we've been up to the last couple weeks

We got a bird feeder! That may seem like a little thing, but it's been really fun. We hung it outside on a hook that comes off our deck, and we have a perfect view of it from our kitchen and dining room. We've had lots and lots of birds coming to it (mostly Carolina Chickadees and Brown-headed Nuthatches) and it's been so fun to watch them.

The girls and I have played outside, weather permitting. This is what our garden looks like right now:

All the plants are doing really well; the tomato plants are growing big and strong (and making lots of green tomatoes!) and the pumpkins and squashes have had lots of flowers blooming.

Ellie thinks it's really funny to stick her nose so far into flowers that she gets pollen on her face:

The girls have found lots of bugs around the yard that they instantly love. This slug was a big hit:

As were this snail and centipede:

We've had some other critters in our yard this week too. In addition to us seeing bunnies hop around the back of our grass, Jason found this guy down by our basement one day:

He's a harmless rat snake (no worries, grandparents!) and he was really big and awesome. I picked him up so the girls could pet him a little, and then we let him slither off into the side of our yard. He went straight to a tree and started climbing up:

He got up to one of the branches up there. We didn't know that they could do that!

Jason also found this cool caterpillar and showed the girls:

Here's another wild animal - the Zelda. She'll often put her claws up like this and then tell daddy to run, then chase him around the house.

Or sometimes she'll have lunch with him and tell me to take a picture.

This next picture is from Wednesday night, when we had our false alarm and went to the hospital thinking that the baby might be coming. After being hooked up to the monitors for a little while, they told me to walk around the hospital for an hour to see if that helped her progress. Oy! That was the worst. Being so pregnant and walking and walking and walking - not doing that again. But we did run across this painting that made both me and Jason giggle (Jason called it a "self-portrait by Napoleon Dynamite" - it's even better in person):

Yesterday I had a primary presidency meeting at the park, and we happened to finish right around the same time as Jason's lunch time (and we were close to his work). I texted him, and we were able to meet up with him for lunch! We went to Taco Bell and then came back and walked around the grounds by his work. It was really fun.

Here are some pictures of Ellie from lunch yesterday;  when she's been asking us to take pictures of her lately, she puts out her arms like this. I don't know where the arm thing came from, haha.

At Taco Bell: 

At daddy's work: 

Getting buckled to go home: 

Okay, now for pictures taken by Ellie the last couple weeks!

A dinosaur picture Ellie painted (she later, by herself, changed the alphabet magnets on the corners of the paper to spell out "Dino"): 

A dragon toy she borrowed from a friend and has been playing with:

This awesome picture of Steve from Blues Clues:

Which Ellie then sent to Jason at work: 

The next couple were all taken outside. Here Ellie is showing you the tomatoes in the garden:

And here she's "fixing" their car with some of the tools outside:

My tummy from Ellie's point of view (doesn't look so small there, does it?): 


A "monster" Ellie made out of bunchems: 

And another cute picture of Zelda:

The next post on here will probably be of our new baby!!! :D