Friday, September 28, 2012

A Family of Four

Wow is all I can say.  A Family of Four.  We're smitten with this little gal!

Delivery Day dawned bright and early for us.  We had to be to the hopsital by 5:30am.  Combine that with no sleep from nerves, a toddler that got up at 3am and a neighbor's dog that barked for 2 solid hours, and we were exhausted!  But running on lots of adrenaline!!

We took a few 'last' pictures the night before....
 We love our toddler!

Waiting for the doctor to come in and start the party!!
Puffy eyes and swollen faces from lack of sleep.  And for me, the beginning of 4 liters of fluid they pumped into me in a very short time period...

The Waiting Room Party (at 7am!).....

Baby Brynlee was born at 8:11am, weighing in at a whopping 7lbs 15oz!!
I cried.  So did Roger.  What a relief to hear a healthy and loud cry when she came out.  They kept her in the operating room with us from start to finish....Roger actually carried her back to my recovery room.   So different from our first experience!

The First Meetings.......

This was my first chance to hold Brynlee.  Both Grandmas held her before I did because I spent the first two hours of her life puking.  So excuse my pasty white face, my swollen face, and the bodily fluids that I couldn't hide in every picture.  Pride goes right out the window with a delivery!

Brynlee has a 'storkbite' on her forehead - a perfectly shaped heart.  We think its a kiss from the angels in heaven that watched her for us before she made the journey to earth.  Isn't it adorable??

The first bath.......

Wow what an experience!!  We are enthralled, smitten, in love, overjoyed, and have the "don't get anything done because I spend my time watching you sleep" feelings in the Gardner household!  There is so much to post that there is absolutely no way I can do it all in one night.  So suffice it to say we are in love with our addition to the family. 

More details and pictures to come once I can find a minute alone to post again!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Welcome Baby Girl!!

Brynlee Susan Gardner

Sept 24, 2012 @ 8:11am

7Lbs. 15 Oz.
19 Inches

We are absolutely smitten!!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

It's Go Time!

38 Weeks.  Plus Brooklyn.  :)

Our to do list is done:

  • Clean the carseat.  Clean the crib.  Clean the sheets.
  • Spend the weekend doing last minute fun before Baby Girl arrives (Park City shopping, roasting hot dogs by the campfire, one last visit to the park today to "fwing" (swing, haha) with Brooklyn
  • Pack the hospital bag
  • Shave (did NOT get to do this on the last delivery!  For all you girls out there, you feel my pain on that one!)
  • Decided on a name (Finally!)
  • Set the alarm for 5:00am......and pray we don't sleep through our alarms for our 5:30am hospital time!
  • Panic.  Kind of.  :)  :)  :)
Baby Gardner, it's been a roller coaster of a ride getting to 39 weeks, boy are we excited to meet you in the morning!!

T-minus 12 hours and counting!!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Some Lasts

It's been a weekend for some wrap up at our house.  Starting with a shout hooray for giving myself my last Progesterone shot!!

For my own fun I thought I'd document my supplies and the process it takes me to do this each week.

  • First step, the 'stuff '.....needles, syringes, sharps container, alcohol pads and the medication.

  • Second step, drawing up the liquid into the needle.  It's not very much, but it's mixed into straight up sesame oil.  People, that is thick stuff!!  I have to use an 18gauge needle to get it out.  I can't use this same needle to give it to myself because I'd probably cry... Look at the size of that thing!

  • Third step, switch out the needle for one that I can fit into my muscle.  Close my eyes and go for it!  These puppies go into rotating thighs once every seven days.  I squeeze my muscle as hard as I can and dig my fingernails into my skin as I push in the juice (with white knuckles I might add since this is such thick stuff!).  Creating pain elsewhere helps me to not focus on how much it stings going in.  

Yes I give these to myself.  Roger would really pass out.  Were they worth it?  Yes, yes, yes!   And might I add, so much cheaper than the NICU bill our insurance had to pay the first go around.  (We paid about $50 total for these.  Brooklyn's total NICU bill was just under half a million dollars.  Thank goodness for insurance!)

Other 'lasts' at our house?  We bought Brooklyn a big girl bed and will be taking down her crib tomorrow!  Wish us luck in the sleep department.  Am I selfish to say I'm bummed the crib is going away?  It's nice to have her contained in there when she's going down for a nap or bedtime.

I've also put my awesome husband to work this weekend painting my mom's old furniture for Brooklyn's room.  The new baby will need something to put her stuff in, so Brooklyn is 'inheriting' some 'new' things. :)
Thanks mom!

Didn't Roger do a great job?  He painted these and added new handles and knobs.  They look like new!  Hard to believe these belonged to my mom when she was a kid huh?  Kind of neat too!

We're officially in the 'last' month of being pregnant.  Can't wait to meet this little one in person!!


Yep, we are a house divided, so this is the politically correct title for us (for now!)....
Okay, let's be honest, we bleed mostly RED at our house right now because Brooklyn dresses in what I pick out for her. :)

And isn't this outfit adorable?  You can't see it, but there is a very defined "UTES" at the bottom of her dress.  So cute.  Good Christmas gift from my parents this last year huh?
I figured I'd squeeze in a football game before I deliver this baby - and my dad was unable to use his ticket.  So we carted Brooklyn and Beau (Meg was working) to the game in their Utah gear!  Red is a great color.

We love our Utes!!


Thanks mom and dad for the ticket!  It was a blast!!